What does K-Tape Do?: K-Tape creates stabilization, which decreases pain, swelling, muscle spasm, and speeds recovery time! It’s like having a brace on, but without the bulky feeling and you can move freely.
This past month, we have taped patients for shoulder stabilization, leg spasms, nervy arm pain, midback/ shoulder blade tightness, wrist sprain, arm tendinitis, tight trapezius muscles that cause headaches, and IT band pain/tightness. In every case, taping helped reduce pain and stabilize the area faster!
Kinesiotape (K-Tape) is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, K-Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas
The physical benefits of K-tape include:
Although it contains no medications or topical substances, K-Tape can effectively relieve both acute and chronic pain. Its elasticity lifts the skin slightly, which immediately reduces pressure on sensitive pain receptors under the skin. In addition, its stimulating effect on pain pathways provides a competitive stimulus that blocks pain signals going to the brain.
Reduced Swelling and Inflammation
Reduced pressure on the lymphatic drainage channels enhances removal of fluids and other materials that collect in an injured area. This applies not only to sports injuries, but also to post-surgical recovery and other inflammatory conditions, including lymph edema (severe swelling of the extremities.)
Accelerated Recovery from Bruises and Contusions
One of the most dramatic effects of K-Tape is the removal of blood that accumulates under the skin due to bruising.
Prevents and/or Relieves Muscle Spasms and Cramping
Enhanced circulation improves delivery of oxygen and nutrients to overused or fatigued muscles, helping to prevent or relieve spasms and cramps.
Speedier Recovery of Overused Muscles
Fatigued, overused muscles contain byproducts of exercise (such as lactic acid) that contribute to pain and stiffness and limit the ability to continue exercising. When K-Tape is used over these areas, enhanced removal of these byproducts allows for more rapid recovery. Combined with improved delivery of oxygen via enhanced blood flow, this could translate into improved performance in an endurance event or more complete recovery between repetitive, high intensity events.
Supports Injured Muscles and Joints without Restricting Range of Motion
The unique elastic properties and application techniques of K-Tape allow it to provide support to injured muscles or joints without restricting range of motion.
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Pricing: (not reimbursable under insurance plans)
$15.00: 1 area