While watching athletics you may have noticed some athletes wearing that crazy colored and designed tape on their shoulders, knees, ankles, etc. What is that and what does it do? It is called Kinesiology tape, better known as KT tape. KT tape is used to limit pressure on the tissue which can cause pain. It is also used to provide functional support to the musculature.
What exactly is KT tape?
KT tape is made of cotton, elastic, and synthetic fabric. It is latex-free! The elastic fibers provide flexibility and stretch within the tape but also provides functional support without altering any form of range of motion. The fibers are moisture-wicking, which allows the tape to stay on for longer periods of time as you shower, sweat, and swim as normal.
How does it really work?
Muscles are made up of fibers. Between the muscle and the skin is a very fibrous layer of tissue called fascia. When an injury occurs, swelling encompasses the muscle and fascia. The increase in swelling in a region can cause pain and stiffness resulting in an overall decrease range of motion. When Kinesiology tape is applied, the skin lifts allowing the fascia to have more freedom and less pressure placed upon it. When the fascia has more room, the body can send more healing components to the area and flush away the bad waste and debris caused by the injury. Brining good to the area and taking the bad away, the body can heal quicker!
Who can use KT Tape?
Anybody. While we often see it used in a sport setting, it is not limited to this population. Everyone is active, even if it is on different levels. This tape can be used on the person doing yard work, a bicyclist, a 5-time marathon runner, preparing for a pick-up game, or simply just trying to achieve their daily activities. If pain is interfering with your goals, Kinesiology tape can be helpful!
Most common uses:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Knee support
- Low back pain
- Rotator cuff pain
- Golfers or tennis elbow
KT tape at Miller Sports & Family Chiropractic
In our office in Chicora, the doctors utilize a brand called RockTape. Both Dr. Miller and Dr. Murdock are experienced with taping techniques to give you the best relief. Ready to conquer your goals? Contact us to schedule today