a COMPLETE GUIDE TO KINESIOLOGY TAPING & SPORTS CHIROPRACTIC
The SCIENCE of KT tape
Why KT Tape ?
KT Tape has garnered the trust of esteemed medical professionals, including physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, chiropractors, and massage therapists, and is widely acknowledged for its potential to alleviate pressure on tissues, thereby diminishing discomfort and pain. Taping can offer vital support to muscles, preventing them from excessive extension or contraction, thereby aiding in their optimal functioning.
By providing an external support system, KT Tape assists in maintaining proper alignment and stability, crucial for individuals seeking relief from various muscular ailments. Its application has been documented to enhance proprioception, the body's awareness of its position and movement, allowing athletes and individuals recovering from injuries to regain confidence in their physical abilities.
The versatility of KT Tape extends beyond traditional healthcare settings, finding utility in everyday life as well. Many individuals incorporate it into their fitness routines or use it preventively during intense physical activities, as it is believed to offer protection and mitigate the risk of muscle strains or sprains.
The growing popularity of KT Tape can be attributed to its non-invasive nature and user-friendly application. People from all walks of life have embraced this innovative approach to pain management and muscle support, making KT Tape a go-to solution for those seeking natural alternatives to complement their healthcare journeys.
As ongoing research continues to explore the potential benefits of KT Tape, its utilization is expected to expand even further, revolutionizing the way we approach muscle care and recovery. With a foundation built on the trust and endorsement of medical experts, KT Tape has solidified its place as a reliable and effective tool in the pursuit of optimal physical well-being.
How Does KT Tape Work?
When a specific region of the body undergoes injury due to either impact or excessive use, the resulting effect is the accumulation of lymphatic fluid, leading to inflammation and swelling. This build-up of fluids can exert additional pressure on muscles and tissues, resulting in notable discomfort and pain.
While athletes often experience this inflammation from sports injuries, this inflation can also occur from everyday wear and tear as we age. With the correct application of KT Tape, it is widely believed that the tape can play a significant role in alleviating these issues.
The tape functions by lifting the skin, thereby decompressing the layers of fascia.This process facilitates enhanced movement of the lymphatic fluid, which serves as a carrier for white blood cells throughout the body, ensuring the removal of waste products, cellular debris, and bacteria. Consequently, the proper utilization of KT Tape promotes not only improved lymphatic flow but also the efficient cleansing of the body's systems.
Who Should Tape?
Healthcare experts rely on KT Tape as a valuable adjunct in their treatment regimens, recognizing its potential to enhance recovery and promote overall well-being.
Whether training for a marathon, getting ready for a game, reaching a personal fitness goal, or just trying to get through the day, nothing slows people down more than pain and injury.
KT Tape is light weight, comfortable to wear, and can be used for many common injuries. KT Tape provides pain relief and support so you and your patients don’t have to slow down.
What Is KT Tape Made Of?
KT Tape Original and Gentle tape are made of 100% cotton fibers with specialized elastic cores. KT Tape PRO, PRO Extreme and PRO X are made using a highly engineered, ultra-durable synthetic fabric with 30% stronger elastic cores. Both the cotton and synthetic materials create unidirectional elasticity which allows the athletic tape to stretch in length but not in width.
As a result, the elastic fibers provide stable support without restricting range of motion like a traditional rigid athletic tape.KT Tape PRO’s fibers allow for moisture release which is critical for comfort and wearability. As a result, the sports tape provides greater comfort over a longer period.KT Tape’s specially formulated adhesive is latex-free, hypo-allergenic, and designed to last through humidity, sweat and showers, and multiple days of wear.
How to apply KT TAPE
HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS HAVE BEEN TEACHING PATIENTS FOR YEARS HOW TO APPLY KINESIOLOGY TAPE THEMSELVES.
Carrie P. // Physiotherapist
Now I Don't Need Pain Killers
One of most common KT Tape applications for rugby players is quad strains. Precut strips might seem like a small thing, but when you have to tape up several rugby players, it’s a big deal.
Lynda B. // Bad Knee Injury
Quad Strains for Rugby Players
Recently I was unfortunate in suffering a bad knee injury which left me on crutches and unable to bear weight. I searched for ways in which to get relief from the pain I was suffering. From anti inflammatory medication, gels to any number of pain killers. That is until I discovered KT Tape. I watched online how to strap and support my knee. Thankfully now I do not need crutches, I don’t need pain killers. The tape held my knee in place while supporting it at the same time. The tape lasted a week before needing to be removed. I was a little nervous about not having the support but it is off 3 days now and so far so good. I want to thank your company for such an excellent product.
Megan C. // Runner with Plantar Fasciitis
I Have MUCH Less Pain
My name is Megan. I use KT Tape for my very severe bilateral planter fasciitis. I heard about KT TAPE simply by walking around Dick's sporting goods one day, I was looking for something that would provide me some kind of relief for the pain that I'm in on a daily basis. Um, and I found KT Tape and decided I would give it a try. I've been using it for the past two weeks. I have wrapped my heel, my arch, as well as my toes for my bunions, and I have much less pain then I have had in the past two and a half years, so much so that I was able to run my first 5K in a very long time, so thank you, KT Tape for all that you do.
Rob M. // Marine & Construction
My Achilles and Plantars Pain
I have three herniated discs in my lumbar region with a fourth bulging for it’s chance. After six years in a Marine Infantry Company and two more in heavy construction it’s a wonder I can walk. Needless to say I have tons of “mystery” pains and sciatica to boot… I saw the tape at Dick’s Sporting Goods! I bought five rolls and rushed home with my son to tape his leg for lacrosse; the diagrams were easy to follow and his shin splints were gone. I put the tape on my Achilles tendon and my Plantars too. Thank you for making this available to me; you effectively saved my sanity. Too much pain has been ruling my world; now I can fight back.
Paul N. // Tennis Player
Playing Tennis Pain Free
Great stuff! Can play tennis without the chafing and slipping of neoprene straps. 4 day recovery period cut to one.
Katie K. // Marathoner
My Knee Feels Amazing
I just used it for my knee yesterday during the Portland Marathon with fantastic results!! Stayed in place the whole time, and my knee feels amazing. I never get through a run without knee pain, but had zero yesterday or today. I personally think …it’s an amazing product, thanks.