What exactly is kinesiotaping?
Kinesiotaping is the application of elastic kinesiological strips used to reduce pain and edema (swelling) in injured joints and muscles of the human body. We use it for the prevention and treatment of specific injuries most commonly related to large joints of the body such as the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle joint.
The result of the application of kinesiology strips is the reduction of pain and swelling in the treated area, increase in the functionality and mobility of the joint, prevention of further injuries, and improvement in the performance of the athlete.
In our office, we use it as an auxiliary technique to multiply the effects of primary therapies such as dry needling, chiropractic, and therapeutic exercises.
Diagnoses using kinesiotaping
How does kinesiotaping work?
Kinesiotaping works through many different mechanisms and they are:
- stimulation of the skin surface receptors
- increase in the flow of local blood and lymph circulation
- supporting muscle function
- potentiation of muscle contraction or relaxation (depending on the purpose of administration)
- correction of joint and ligament position
- reduction of the muscle tension
- increasing the range of motion in the joint
15 scientific articles in which 546 patients with osteoarthritis of the knee joint were included showed that kinesiotaping in combination with physical therapy gives better results in terms of reducing pain and increasing the functionality of the knee joint than the physical therapy alone!
Frequently asked questions about technology:
Short answer: No.
Longer answer: for the use of tapes it is necessary to have prior knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics of the human body.
If you are not a trained medical professional and you have not gone through the kinesiotaping training, we recommend that you do not apply the tape yourself because it can do more harm than good.
Once the tapes are applied to your body, they will have an effect as long as they do not lose their elasticity.
This effect usually lasts up to 5 days when the tapes are already starting to peel off on their own. After 5 days you can freely take off the tapes by yourself.
Feel free to shower with applied kinesiotape.
The only thing we would not recommend is swimming in the sea or going in the bath. Also, you should not let the water jet in the shower for a long time on the place where the tape is applied.