Kinesiology or Kinesio Tex Tape is a special tape that can be applied directly to the skin. They are commonly seen on athletes during high-performance sports events. But aside from helping athletes, Kinesio tape is also used by people with various kinds of disorders and injuries.
Kinesio tape is very elastic and doesn’t restrain your skin’s flexibility in any way. When applied to the body, it slightly lifts the skin, leaving a microscopic space between the skin and the underlying tissues. This is what causes most of its health benefits.
Even though it is a safe treatment option, there are situations when Kinesiology tape shouldn’t be used. You should never apply the tape to open wounds, fragile skin, or in case of allergy. The increase of blood flow it provides could be dangerous in some cases, such as in areas of active cancer or vein thrombosis. If any part of your body has decreased sensations due to diabetes or any other health condition, you may not notice an adverse reaction to the tape. As with any therapies or treatments, it’s always a good decision to consult with your doctors.
Kinesio tex tape does not easily fall off even if you sweat or take a shower. But for the tape to last for several days on your skin without damaging it or losing its therapeutic effect, it should be applied by a professional. The tape can be applied in different patterns and different degrees of stretching depending on the nature of your injury. If it’s not applied properly, you risk irritating your skin and causing more damage. Therefore, you should always consult your physical therapist both when placing and removing the kinesiology tape in Tampa.
If you think you need the Kinesio taping method, come and see our physical therapist at The Right Spinal Clinic. We usually use Kinesio tape as an independent therapy option or combine it with other treatments to achieve a better result on your health. You can call us at (813) 392 2164 to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions you might have about the services provided by our clinic.
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