Kinesiology tape (K-Tape) mimics the body’s own skin: light, thin and flexible. It is latex-free and can withstand the harsh conditions of sweat, dirt and water for up to 3-5 days. The tape is applied directly over or around the borders of muscles and joints to provide support to an injured area. Its unrestrictive motion properties allow many athletes to still train with an injury.
Enthusiasts believe that kinesiology tape also speeds healing by slightly lifting the skin away from sore or injured tissues to improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage. Many high-level athletes use and endorse kinesiology tape and stick to their belief that it helps prevent and heal injuries and allows for full range of motion when training and competing.
Healthy skeletal muscles are essential for peak performance. The DOC physical therapists and orthopedists, after a thorough examination and necessary motion and imaging tests, will diagnose and provide the best treatment options for all musculoskeletal conditions.
Kinesio tape works to alleviate pain and discomfort and facilitate circulation of blood and healthy nutrients throughout the body. Ultimately, the goal is to provide the ideal healing environment for injured tissue and to correct movement patterns in order for muscles to work more efficiently.
Are you a candidate for K-Tape? Your physical therapist will first conduct a thorough evaluation. Based on the findings, he or she will decide if and which application technique of K-Tape will be most beneficial for you!