Over the past couple of years, the traditional kinesiology taping principles have been evolving rapidly. The creativity out there is fantastic - Sports Physios as well as athletes, runners, tennis players etc - keep coming up with new applications or adaptations of already known applications. Kinesiology tape is being used more and more as athletic or sports tape.
We see kinesiology tape being used in assisting and protecting joint motion. This is just done in an attempt to limit the final degrees of normal range of motion to provide pain relief and a more secure function of a particular joint. This is not the original idea or principle that Kenzo began working with. It is in fact just a different way of exploiting the mechanical qualities of the tape - it being very flexible and the fact that it is applied directly on the skin.
KT Tape – or kinesiology therapeutic tape – is woven in a particular way that gives it great flexibility – it can lengthen up to 140% of its original length. Unlike classic elastic sports tape, KT Tape has a strong will to get back to its original length – recoil - no matter how much it has been stretched. Classic elastic sports tape once stretched to its maximum, “dies” on the skin and becomes very hard. KT Tape stays elastic. This quality makes the final application stay efficient much longer than a normal athletic tape, sometimes up to several days. Of course depending on application type, body area, activity, and how ‘aggressive’ the tape job is, it can stay efficient longer or shorter durations. A very ‘aggressive” application on an ankle for example, may only last just one session of running.
Have a look at the many applications we propose on our website (see here) and don’t be afraid to make small changes or adaptations where you feel that it suits your particular injury, or if you just want to unload a sore muscle. Tension is a very personal phenomenon so you may want to apply an extra strip to gain more support over a ligament. Remember, you are your own best taper – as you know how you want it to feel.
As long as you follow the basic instructions (see here) – you can’t go wrong. You may not reach 100% efficiency the first time around, but just know, you cannot hurt yourself so keep practicing !
Do remember that it is always important to prevent rather than to cure. Correct training methods, rest and a healthy diet are all factors that you HAVE to take into consideration when you have an injury or inflamations. A "stressed" body get's into trouble (injury, ilness) much easier than a healthy, well rested and well hydrated body. The art of rest is something many professional athletes ignore - and I would suspectthat may amateur athletes are under even more time stress - rmember to rest - you cannot beat nature !!!
Good taping.PB from Cannes, France. February 9, 2015