Exploring the Benefits of Kinesiology Tape
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics Kinesiology tape was noticed on a world stage as it was worn by the athletes, but very few knew what it was at the time. Now it is seen on everyone from professional athletes to weekend warriors or any individual that has suffered a muscle injury. Since then, this special tape has become part of mainstream medicine as an excellent way to aid the healing process. It does so by decompressing the affected areas and improving circulation, thus speeding up healing and decreasing inflammation in the body. Sounds great, right? This amazing tool doesn’t just stop there.
Here are just a few benefits of taping:
- Posture Improvement – In the modern age, none of us are free from the dangers of poor posture. Whether we hunch over our computers, look down at our phones, or spend hours in the car, we have a tendency to force our bodies in unhealthy positions. But have no fear, postural taping can help fix that! By applying tape to parts of the back, you can improve your posture. The tape serves as a warning system, letting you know whenever you begin to slouch. Function 4 Life Movement Specialist, Niki, uses kinesiology tape post-treatment because it, “sends a neurological signal that reminds clients that they are slouching and helps keeps them in the correct posture”.
- Support for Injured Areas – If you have a joint that suffered an injury in the past, it can be hard to gain mobility in that area again. If you apply kinesiology tape over the affected area, your body gets an additional level of support. This helps relieve lingering pain from that injury and prevent future injuries. Applying the tape directly after an injury can also reduce swelling and bruising.
- Pain Relief – When kinesiology tape is applied to an injured area, it can have an almost magical effect, providing instant relief. It does so by changing the body’s perception of pain, sending mixed signals to your brain so that it no longer perceives the sensation as a negative one. At the same time, the improved circulation helps reduce inflammation that leads to the pain in the first place.
Function 4 Life uses RockTape as our preferred brand of kinesiology tape and encourage clients to learn more about the brand on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. It’s incredibly useful in all forms of physical therapy. Whether you need myofascial release or not, we’ve noticed incredible results right away. RockTape also has breathable holes that make it ideal for use with vigorous physical activity, and since it remains in tact when skin is exposed to sweat or water, you can keep it on when exercising and showering.
Thinking it’s time to explore the benefits of RockTape yourself? Great, you can add the application to your next session. Just ask and your Function 4 Life Movement Specialists will apply RockTape ($10) to the part of your body that needs it most. The application adds about 10 minutes to the end of your session, but the benefits will last you a lot longer and it’s definitely worth it!