Kinesiology tape (KT) helps reduce the body’s natural response to inflammation and therefore reduces pain. KT affects different receptors within the body, acting to reduce pain and encourage the lymphatic system to drain waste products through microscopically lifting the skin. Skin is compressed when muscle or soft tissue is inflamed from micro-trauma, the lifting of skin reduces the compression of nerve endings, blood vessels and the lymph system. Increased pressure within the soft tissues activates nociceptive nerve endings, which leads to the sensation of pain. KT has been clinically shown to reduce pain and support the natural process of repair; it also acts to support the muscle, allowing you to return to normal activities sooner.
KT can help with; Plantar fasciitis, ankle sprains, achilles tendinopathy / calf strain, shin splints / compartment syndrome, knee sprains, osgood-schlatters disease, ITB syndrome, hamstring / quad strain, shoulder conditions such as rotator cuff tendinopathy, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, wrist pain such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tenosynovitis.
KT in conjunction with other manual therapy, such as Osteopathy can also help with symptoms of mechanical low back pain, rib pain and neck pain.