Kinesio Tape was born from the studies of a Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase at the beginning of the 70s but only arrived in Europe after the 90s. Now it has almost become a “fashion” as famous athletes show it off during sports performances.
Let’s start from the fact that taping is a non-invasive and non-pharmacological technique (the tape does not contain active ingredients or analgesic substances) which, through the application of an adhesive and elastic tape with particular mechanical elastic characteristics, offers a mechanical stimulation capable of create space in the tissues, promote cell metabolism, activate the body’s natural healing abilities and normalize neuromuscular proprioception.
It is therefore based on the application of these elastic patches that follow the length of the muscle and tendon to support and protect their movement. Through the compressive action they favor the reabsorption of small edema (facilitating lymphatic drainage) or inflammation. They also protect joints such as the knee, ankle and shoulder.
Kinesio-tape is commonly used for:
- Reduce the pain
- Drain the swelling
- Improve your posture
- Improve functionality
- Facilitate an early return to activity or sport
- Improve sports performance
Some reliable studies also show that:
- Increases power and strength in the recovery of muscle injuries
- It improves pain, range of motion and functionality
- Raise the anaerobic threshold of the muscle during an endurance exercise
Why so many colors of Kinesio Tape?
Color is more a matter of preference than functionality. Rubber bands are ALL THE SAME. However, if one is an expert in chromotherapy, he will know the effect of color in contact with our skin. So in the case of contractures and back pain, for example, red increases the blood supply and heat; the blue, on the other hand, recalls a cooling condition, useful for relieving inflammation, pain and swelling; beige, a “neutral” color, allows to neutralize pain, while black helps muscle recovery and trophism.
Contraindications of Kinesio Tape
None unless you are allergic to the glue contained in the tape. But at worst the system is not very effective if applied poorly, but certainly not harmful.