Kinesiology Taping- KT Taping

Kinesiology Taping- KT Taping

 

KT Taping. What is it? Do I need it?

 

 

Think of it as “Sports Tape” but also for everyday people and not just for professional athletes. It is for anyone! KT taping has been clinically proven and athlete tested by millions. Remember the Summer Oylmpics in London and seeing neon tape all over many of the Olympic bodies, especially the swimmers and volleyball players? Well, that was a perfect example of KT Taping. Many of your favorite Olympic and professional athletes like Serena Williams and Kerri Walsh use Kinesiology tape during their competitions.

TIPS:

  • You can wear it for days at a time – water-proof too.
  • It is easy to put on and take off – find a professional.
  • KT Tape can be used as injury prevention as well and relieve targeted pain – especially if you just worked out.
  • Remember to Recover Faster, Prevent Injury, and Play Harder and not let that injury or tension hold you back!

Here is a GREAT Example. The Husband comes home with this; a sprained ankle with years of scar tissue (very typical, by the way!):

Then we do this-Moni to the Rescue!:

 

He will rest and hopefully not do it again, but in reality he will; this is what it is like being married to an extreme athlete, let’s not forget I am ONE TOO. But the KT Tape will absolutely help and make the injury heal much easier.

The hisory of KT Taping Kinesiology Therapeutic Taping is a Japanese therapeutic taping method founded by Dr. Kenzo Kase.  There is a science behind it and IT IS NOT TO JUST TO LOOK COOL or INTENSE! Visit KT Tape to learn even more and see how it works.

Remember though, it is best to be taped by a professional. I personally hold a Whole-Body Certification on Kinesiology Taping and you will always want someone who knows what they are doing.

Whole-Body Kinesiology Taping Certified

So Do YOU Need It?

  • A great example is say you worked out HARD and later in the day- or a few days later, your lower back in now bothering you. This would be a great time to get a professional (such as myself) to tape your lower back to put on targeted pain relief to the area and remove pressure and increase circulation to speed up recover.
  • Or say on your last jog or run -you tweaked your knee and now it hurts to move or go up the stairs. By putting a piece of KT tape in the correct spot on your knee- would allow an external layer of support around the joint .

Make sense so far? So these are example’s of YES, when you would greatly benefit from it.

Also Kinesiology tape is used for edema, inflammation, and ecchymosis. It is also used to facilitate or inhibit muscle function, decrease pain as a secondary effect, and assists in improved joint range of motion. But the best part is, you can usually still move just fine and do your activity and sport. It is unlike braces or athletic tape when you have an injury because those are far too restrictive where as KT tape is breathable, movable, and waterproof as well.

(Just to name a few) Kinesiology Tape is ideal for:

  • Tight neck, shoulders, back
  • Tweeked knees and shoulders
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Epicondylitis
  • Plantar Faciitis
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Back and sacral discomfort
  • Muscle facilitation-inhibition
  • Decrease muscle and joint pain
  • Improve joint range of motion (ROM)

So have you heard of KT Taping? Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?

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