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Tape It Up Kinesio tape therapy

We owe Japanese physiotherapist Kenzo Kase for his ingenious invention of skin-like, flexible tapes in the seventies. It is now widely used in medicine, and therapists found new ways of application, far exceeding the inventor’s expectations.

“Kinesio tape is a versatile therapeutic device, used especially for sports injuries, securing muscles and joints,” explains Dr. Gábor Erdélyi, orthopaedic specialist and surgeon at Dr. Rose Private Hospital. “The success of the therapy lies in the way of application: the tape does not give a rigid support. Instead of just propping up an injured limb, it literally gives a dynamic support, actively helping the joints and muscles to move without strain.”

Apart from fixing sprains and dislocations, the tape is perfect for relaxing tense muscles. “The sticky part on the tape is not contiguous – it’s running in waves. Applying it rather tight and taught, Kinesio tape stimulates nerve endings that sense pressure and tension. By inciting these mechanoreceptors, we are prodding the body for an instinctive response: relaxing the muscles where tension is registered,” reveals tricks of the trade Dr. Erdélyi.

There is ten percent tension in the tape as it is, so even basic application – without stretching the tape – slightly lifts the skin, increasing capillary and lymph circulation, which expedite the regeneration of injured tissues, effectively dispelling oedema and hematoma. Relieving the tension below the skin with the tape mildly relieves the pain as well.

“Kinesio tape in itself is not a miracle cure, as it has no curative effect,” sums up Dr. Erdélyi. “The result entirely depends on the way of application: where and how the tape is placed on the skin. That is why it is paramount that a trained and experienced professional use the tape as part of a complex therapy, according to the actual diagnosis and considering the physique of the individual patient.” Medical evidence in the field of kinesiology proves that the tape is effective in treating acute and chronic sports injuries (such as tennis elbow and golf wrist), spine problems, backache, muscle strain, swollen tissues, hematomas, and can be used in rehabilitation after surgery.

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By taping up the problematic area, the average kinesio tape treatment lasts five to seven days, and can be repeated as long as the condition persists. The number of treatments, and the method and tension of bandaging depend on the actual case.

Should you think that kinesio tape might be the solution to your injury, book an appointment with our specialist.
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