Muscles all work together in order to make you body move. Unfortunately, sometimes the muscles you’re using might become overtaxed by activities, whether it’s due to strenuous exercise, overextending them when reaching for something, or during an accident.
When muscles hurt, it’s not an option to completely take a break from using them while they heal. While you might stop running on a damaged muscle, it’s unlikely you’ll stop walking completely for days. That’s where kinesio tape comes in.
What Is Kinesio Tape?
Kinesiology is the study of human movement, and kinesio tape helps muscles to get back to the way the body should properly move. Kinesio tape, sometimes called kinesio flossing, was developed by a chiropractor in the 1970s. This tape is made from bandages that have a medical-grade adhesive on one side, and it’s so strong that it can stay on for days even under vigorous exercise.
Kinesio taping is applied to particular parts of the body in order to temporarily alter how muscles work. The tape can take stress from some muscles, reducing inflammation and giving them time to heal. Taping can also increase lymphatic drainage.
Is Kinesio Taping Right For You?
Kinesio taping isn’t something you can do on your own. While they might just look like bandages, it’s the placement of the tape that’s so important. Putting the tape in the wrong location could actually do more harm than good by putting pressure on a muscle that’s already hurt. Yes, healing time could increase with poor placement.
If you’ve put too much strain on you muscles and want to decrease healing time, we’d love to see you at our chiropractic clinic. Contact us today to make an appointment.