Benefits of Kinesio Taping
My name is Marc Grow and I am a chiropractor in San Diego with a specialty in sports injuries/performance. Before becoming a chiropractor I was a professional MMA fighter for 4 years. I saw first hand the benefits of chiropractic and sports. Regular conservative care kept me training without the need for constant pain killers like the majority of athletes rely on. At the end of my 8 years of schooling I began my practice with an emphasis on athletes. Now I have a great practice with the majority of my time being spent on athletes ranging from little leaguers to weekend warriors to professional and Olympic level athletes. I do full body analyses on all patients because more often than not, where people feel pain is not the same place as where the problem actually lies. I focus on a lot of muscle work, Kinesio taping and adjusting. Together this combination is helping people recover much faster and with longer lasting results.
There are a few main benefits of the tape and both the quality of tape and proper application are big factors with regards to the effectiveness. I have used all the big tape names out there and after a lot of trial and error I found that Strength tape is the best out there.
One of the major benefits of the tape is its ability to increase blood and lymphatic flow where ever the tape is applied. Through increased blood flow we can reduce swelling faster and heal up the surrounding tissue. When blood can pass through an area it brings with it all the rich nutrients that your body needs to heal. Increasing blood flow can decrease recovery time.
Due to the elasticity and adhesiveness of the tape it acts like a functional support or brace. For example, when the tape is applied across the shoulder to aid with posture, the tape allows you movement but gives you a constant reminder that you should keep your shoulders back and sit up straight. With traditional posture supports they are bulky and nobody wears them but, with the tape, as long as you leave it on, your body is creating muscle memory and creating a new standard for how you carry your shoulders. The same principal is applied to knees, ankles, and all other joints in the body assuming the tape is applied correctly.
From a performance stand point the tape is excellent for use of connecting muscle groups so to speak. A lot of times people will see long strips of tape from the wrist all the way to the shoulder and down to the low back and I have even seen when the tape is connected from the ankle to a shoulder or wrist. In these cases the tape is attempting to connect the chain of muscles that an athlete is required to use. We often see this with lifting when an athlete is doing the same lift multiple times.