Kinesio or Neuromuscular Taping is the application of coloured, elastic, adhesive ribbons of tape onto the skin. It is a purely mechanical, non-invasive and non-pharmacological method which stimulates the tissues and promotes cell metabolism.
The tape is made of high-quality cotton with an acrylic adhesive layer, stretchable lengthwise. It is hypoallergenic, breathable and water-resistant and, therefore, can be widely used in sports, especially competitive ones.
It is based on the principle of correcting and facilitating skin lifting and circular motion, creating a bio-mechanical therapeutic effect on the treated area. It contributes to correcting joint alignment and posture and it is also effective in the prevention of injury, because it restores proper muscle function and dynamics. Additional features of neuromuscular taping include improving fluid circulation (blood and lymph), and reducing pain and inflammation.
When treating with Kinesiology tape, contact between tape and body motion produces micro-movements which stimulate receptors of the skin and underlying layers, sending stimuli to the central nervous system which, in turn, determine a muscle reflex response. The tape raises portions of the skin, dilating it so that the interstitial spaces improve circulation, favouring fluid absorption and reducing subcutaneous pressure.
Neuromuscular Taping differs from other types of bandages in its range of application techniques depending on the desired therapeutic effect.
Tape must therefore be applied by trained rehabilitation specialists with an excellent knowledge of human anatomy.
When to apply:
- Fatigue and cramps
- Contractures, sprains and strains
- Misalignment caused by muscle shortening or traumatic events
- Joint misalignments
- Reduction of lymphatic and blood circulation
- Deficits in muscle tone
- Pain therapy