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What is kinesiology taping?

You may have seen Olympic and celebrity athletes, like Kerri Walsh, wearing multicolored tape on their arms, legs or shoulders.  This breakthrough method is known as elastic taping or kinesiology taping.  Kinesiology taping helps relieve pain by lifting the skin, allowing blood to flow more freely to the injured area.  Faster blood flow means more oxygen and more lymph drainage.  This helps to remove lactic acid.  Not only does kinesiology taping increase circulation, but it also reduces muscle fatigue.    

Kinesiology tape is extremely strong and flexible.  It is, usually, made from 100% cotton and is latex free, which is good for those with allergies or sensitive skin.  The tape is applied in a specific pattern and is either stretched or not stretched, depending on the injury. Kinesiology tape can last anywhere from two to five days.  It can be worn swimming or in the shower, and it resists perspiration as well. 

“As a runner, kinesiotape can be very beneficial. It can be used for many different things including; joint stabilization, inhibiting muscles to relax from spasms or tension, stimulating muscles for better contraction and function, and reducing inflammation or swelling in a muscle or joint,” AnnMarie Jones, PT, DPT Advanced Physical Therapy Center – Clio.

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