Kinesiology Tape

Here at The Fane Clinic we are able to offer kinesiology tape for our patients as part of their treatment  or for those of you wishing for a one off application.

 

This brightly coloured tape is a common sight at all major sporting events from the Olympic games to Wimbledon but holds many benefits from injury rehabilitation to postrual imbalance awareness.

 

Kinesiology tape was invented in the 1970s by a Japanese chiropractor, Dr Kenzo Kase. The fabric is constructed as such it provides dynamic support while sitting comfortably on the skin. Made from organic cotton and nylon (latex free) it provides 150-180% unilateral stretch without loosing shape. The glue formula is a combination of Acrylate Line and Ethyl Acetate it is hypoallergenic and leaves minimal residue on the skin. Designed especially for athletes it can last through multiple washes and intense exercise due to the wave pattern, which is more pronounced allowing  greater response, adhesion, breathability and less irritation.

 

Millions of people worldwide use this tape for its popular clinical effectiveness in reducing pain and enhancing performance. As for the scientific evidance none has been proven yet. With this in mind however it is not just a placebo but exactly how it works is still under investigation.

 

Below is an illustration of the key theory showing a before and after application of kinesiology tape on the skin.

Adrian Woolley

FA Dip SMA

Injury Specialist

Victoria Hookway

BSc (Hons) MFHT

Sports Therapist

Benefits:

  • Reduces Pressure - relieves tension in weakened or inflamed muscles and tendons reducing the pain and potential for further damage caused by overuse or if you want to activley engage in rehab.
  • Improves Movement - it is thought to activate stretch receptors in the soft tissue which feeds back to our brain. This influences the control of muscle tension by activating muscle spindles. Therefore improves our ability to flex and respond to the stresses and strains of increased activity and improves our muscular endurance.
  • Promotes Blood Flow and Lymphatic Drainage - naturally the tape wants to recoil when applied with a stretch. As a result it lifts the skin and fascia to allow blood and lymph flow to increase which is thought to speed up the heeling process.

The length of time kinesiology tape will stay on for depends on the application and the usage. The tape can remain on for a number of days since it is water resistant. However, we recommend that it is kept on for the maximum of 5 days!

The area of application will also play a role in the length of time the tape will stay on for. For example: a calf or knee strap can last up to 3 days (more wear & tear) while a postural area can last up to 7+ days.

 

It is important that post-application the person applying the tape "sets" it via rubbing to activate the adhesive. To ensure you get the best adhesion we would recomend you wait for 1-2 hours before engaging in physical activity or getting the tape wet.  

 

Kinesiology tape can be used by anyone from children to the elderly! It is possible to self apply but sometimes a second pair of hands is needed.

 

Contrary to popular belief the colour of the tape does not make a difference, and the direction of application does not effect the performance either.

For more information about Kinesiology Tape or to book your appointment please call The Fane Clinic on 01733 571555 or use our contact form.

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