You’ve seen it on top football and rugby players; you seen A LOT of it at the Olympic games in 2012 and you are likely seeing it stuck to passers-by on the street more and more. Although kinesio-tape actually emerged from Japan in the 70’s, popularity within sport and research has grown only recently, but at an impressive rate.
what is it?
Here are some of the ways KT is believed to work:
• Prevents overstretching injured muscles
• Restores strength in injured muscles
• Improves flexibility at injured areas
• Enhances muscle tone in muscles
• Corrects muscular and postural imbalances
• Relieves both acute and chronic pain
• Reduces inflammation and swelling
• Improves circulation and lymph flow
• Reduces fatigue in overused muscles
• Prevents cramps and spasms
• Accelerates healing after injury or surgery
does it work?
Newer research does actually suggest KT can help increase flexibility in certain muscle groups as well as reduce pain and swelling. At the clinic we look for feedback regarding how our patients get on, we also re-assess problematic movements post-application to ensure it delivers significant improvement.
how we us it
This cluster of positive interventions has a very beneficial outcome - a sound recovery. Sometimes that might include wearing some fancy looking K-tape and sometimes it won't, but at our clinic you will get the improvement your looking for.