Kinesio Taping (KT) is defined as a rehabilitation technique, which is designed to help/assist the natural healing process of the body. This technique is essentially used by physiotherapists to move lymphatic fluids, change muscle tone, improve posture and correct movement patterns.
There are various kinds of taping methods depending on the type and site of the injury. Basically, the thickness of the tape is designed to approximate the weight and thickness of the skin. These tapes are made of cotton and are latex free. The tape allows the skin to breathe freely and is always compatible with the skin.
There are other benefits of KT such as reduction in muscle fatigue and improved blood flow. The technique of Kinesio Taping also inhibits pain and reduces edema. It is used in all phases of injury be it acute, chronic or rehabilitative. The main function of Kinesio Taping is that it prevents the re-occurrence of an injury.
This technique is essentially used by physiotherapists to move lymphatic fluids, change muscle tone, improve posture and correct movement patternsBecause this tape is not medicinal and is also non invasive it can be used both for children and adults. Kinesio Taping is mainly used in conditions such as muscle injury, herniated disc, shoulder injury, tennis elbow, ankle sprain and knee pain.
Kinesio Taping is most commonly used by sports people as it provides support to muscles in performing different kinds of movements. For the older population KT is effective as it relaxes overused and tired muscles.
A few things should be kept in mind while using kinesio tapes. Firstly it should never be applied on open wounds. The skin should be oil and moisture free and all hair should be removed before applying the tape. Never use Kinesio Taping on cancer patients. Moreover the tape should not be applied in and around any type of infection.
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