• What’s that bright stretchy tape?

    You have probably seen athletes, in the Olympics and elsewhere, sporting tape on their bodies. The tape is often bright colored, and seems to come in all sorts of size and shapes.
    So what it is?

    kinesiotape application

    Kinesiotape!

    It has become quite popular, and two good reasons for that are:

    • It’s comfortable
    • It works!

    Kinesiotape is comfortable because it is stretchy. It is not designed to improve joint stability by physically keeping your joints from moving.

    So how DOES it work?

     

    The tape stretches along the skin as your body goes through movements. Essentially, the tape along your joints and muscles gives extra feedback to your brain about body movement. This way, the brain has more information to determine proper control of the muscles around the joint.

    Kinesiotape can be used in all areas of the body. Generally it is applied along the muscle bellies of stabilizing muscles.

    Another effect that Kinesiotape can have is that it helps reduce swelling. Because the tape lifts the skin a bit, it improves circulation of lymph and blood flow. This makes Kinesiotape an appropriate tool to use in acute injuries as well.

    If you are interested in trying KinesioTape, or maybe are looking for some tips on self-application, come see me at the studio!

    -Dr Irma

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  • Kinnect Studio says:
    June 14, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    We actually sell the tape in our studio! Please visit the contact page on our site to see our hours and location (http://www.kinnectbradford.ca/contact-kinnect-studio/) and we would be happy to help show you how to wrap effectively to support you during your run.

  • Isabelle says:
    June 14, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    I am running this weekend in the Toronto Waterfront 10 km and I would love to get some help before my race. Where can I buy this tape?

  • Ryan says:
    June 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I love kinesio tape, but I didn’t know it could help reduce swelling!