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Kinesiology taping is a device designed to treat musculoskeletal disorders, inflammations and injuries to the body that all those who practice sport regularly can incur.
The duration may vary depending on the points of the body where it is desired to be applied.
What is kinesiological taping
Kinesiology taping or kinesiology tape is a device designed to treat musculoskeletal disorders, inflammations and injuries to the body that all those who practice sport on a regular basis can incur.
Kinesiological taping is a long elastic tape which, when applied to the most vulnerable points of the athlete's body, imitates the thickness and elasticity of the epidermis, protecting them from trauma and injuries of various degrees.
Kinesiological taping is made with elastic fibers almost always of cotton, which have the property of extending in length without dilating in width: the way in which these fibers intertwine is designed to support the movement of those who use them making it more controlled, without go to limit the movements.
Functions of kinesiological taping
Kinesiology taping therapy is based on biomechanical principles that are applied to different body structures based on the trauma to be prevented or treated.
Muscles, joint structures, as well as tendons and ligaments are just some of the structures that kinesiological taping can support. In this regard, we want to briefly dwell on the six main functions performed by this kinesiological taping:
1. Support the joints Applying kinesiological taping as a support to the joint structures means going to work on the tendons and ligaments of the joint involved, making them more stable and making them work correctly.
This allows not only to improve joint movement, making it less rigid, but also to bring a benefit to muscle tone and to all those parts of the body which, when the joint is used incorrectly, have to bear excessive loads.
2. Helping the muscles in the contraction and unloading phase Kinesiological taping is one of the best allies against cramps and muscle fatigue.
This is made possible both during the contraction phase, as well as in the unloading phase, by the elastic fibers of kinesiological taping that work in such a way as to support the muscles of the athlete in their work, preventing hyper-extension, contractures and injuries, increasing control. in the relaxation phase.
3. Increase proprioception One of the most unique functions of kinesiological taping is to improve the proprioception of the body or to create a neuromuscular feedback that promotes the athlete's awareness of the state of muscle contraction thus increasing control and heating of muscles and tendons.
4. Counteracting swelling due to wear and overload Prolonged use of certain body structures, as well as wear due to rubbing and excessive loads are among the main causes of annoying swelling in the parts of the body that are most stressed in various sports.
Making use of kinesiological taping in these situations can become of fundamental importance to relieve pain and avoid interrupting training. Kinesiology taping limits the pressure that causes pain and promotes better blood circulation, thus significantly reducing swelling.
5. Stabilize the body where injured Fractures, dislocations and sprains are among the most serious injuries that very often require interventions, total rest and long physiotherapy to be treated. Despite this, even for these traumas, the combined use of kinesiological taping can be really effective, if approved by the doctor.
What contribution does kinesiological taping make in these cases? Contains joint deformation, gives stability by avoiding excessive stress on the ligaments and helps maintain the joint angles required during the strengthening phase of the injured part.
6. Improvement of lymphatic drainage Few people know that kinesiological taping as well as being a useful tool in supporting blood circulation is equally important in the lymphatic drainage phase.
Kinesiological taping, thanks to the particular technique with which it is applied to the skin, opens the lymphatic vessels allowing the lymph to be conducted more quickly in its flow direction.
It is important to underline that to optimize this type of application, the intervention of an expert in positioning the kinesiological taping is necessary.
Types of Kinesiology tape
Kinesiology taping is a very versatile tool that lends itself well to being applied to specific areas of the body.
Among the most used Kinesio tapes there are certainly those involving calf and heel taping, trapezius taping and arm taping, but the sub-categories of application are many and numerous; for this reason, in the following paragraphs we will focus on only one: the application of kinesiological taping to support the leg and foot.
Kinesiology taping for leg and foot
Among the various applications of kinesiological taping, the most interesting is certainly the one aimed at the lower part of the body.
Leg and foot are in fact two of the areas of the body most subject to trauma and injuries, this is because their position obliges them to bear a large part of their body weight. Plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, metatarsalgia and heel pain are among the most frequent ailments faced by those who practice sports that involve sprints, jumps and sustained runs.
Having a simple and effective remedy to both cure and prevent them is of vital importance.
This is exactly what kinesiological taping does: it acts immediately and in a targeted way on inflammatory and traumatic pathologies in progress, as well as helps to prevent them thanks to a strengthening of the structures involved.
Kinesiological foot taping or running socks?
More and more professional athletes are using kinesiological taping to improve their sports performance, prevent injuries and reduce downtime following trauma; as we have seen, this tool owes its wide use to its effectiveness and ease of application.
But is kinesiological taping really the only effective device on the market? As far as its curative action is concerned, kinesiological taping is an unparalleled tool used by doctors and physiotherapists for its ease of application, resistance and effectiveness.
In the preventive phase, however, there is a device that can be considered complementary: we are talking about the RUN UP biomechanical sock produced by FLOKY. It is not a replacement product for kinesiological taping, but a valid support in the prevention of trauma and injuries, perfect for long-term use.