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The Kinesiology Taping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over contraction.
Kinesiology Taping affects the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. Muscles are not only attributed to the movement of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms. Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the bodys own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Employment of Kinesiology Taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles and organs.
The effects of Kinesiology Taping
How does Kinesiology Taping work?
Muscles constantly extend and contract within a normal range; however, when muscles overextend and over contract, such as lifting an excessive amount weight, muscles cannot recover and become inflamed. When a muscle is inflamed, swollen or stiff due to fatigue, the space between the skin and muscle is compressed, resulting in constriction to the flow of lymphatic fluid. This compression also applies pressure to the pain receptors beneath the skin, which in turn communicates, discomfort signals to the brain and the person experiences PAIN. This type of pain is known as myalgia, or muscular pain.
To ensure that the muscles have free range of motion, elastic tapes with an elasticity of 140- 150% of its original length are recommended for Kinesiology Taping. This specific elasticity also will not allow an over stretch of the muscles themselves. It may look like conventional athletic tape, but tape and Kinesio Taping is fundamentally different. Kinesio Taping is based on a different philosophy that aims to give free range of motion in order to allow the bodys muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically.
Kinesio Taping alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. The taped portion forms convolution in the skin, thus increasing interstitial space. lhe result is that pressure and irratation are taken off the neural and sensory receptors, alleviating pain.
Pressure is gradually taken off the lymphatic system, allowing it to channel more freely.
Taped areas form convolutions then it increases the space between the skin and muscles and promotes the flow of lymphatic fluid.