A simple color strips have entered the world of sports. For over a year, you can see athletes wearing colored elastic tapes-like tattoos, especially in football, cycling, tennis or basketball, they are the most practiced and enjoyed. This is why they have set on new techniques to improve the resolution of sports-related injuries.
These new tapes are not a new fad of tattoos, if not the kinesiotape, it is a method to treat injuries and muscle pain that starts with an experience of over 30 years. Dr. Kenzo Kase, a chiropractor and now president of the Kinesio Taping Association and director of the Chiropractic Society in Japan, developed the tapes with the idea of stabilizing the back muscles after a chiropractic adjustment. This experience showed that this application reduces pain and inflammation quickly.Japan and the U.S. practice this method. In 2000 he treated more than 5.5 million Japanese with it.
The name comes from the word kinesiotape, Kinesiology movement and meaning of the English word “tape” to tape. Although very popular in the sports world this method is for any other patient.
Thus kinesiotape is used for the treatment of muscle injury and similarly for joint problems, neurological and ligament. Besides reducing inflammation and improve drainage, remove accumulations of liquids, such as edema and waste products. Therefore, this method has entered the world of rehabilitation and sports medicine.
The strips do not carry any medication, the effect is physical. But there are different colors that act as a mirror to the skin, some others reflect heat and cold (chromotherapy). Kinesiotape strips are elastic, unlike traditional dressings. When a muscle becomes inflamed, swells or shrinks due to fatigue, the space between the skin and muscle is compressed, resulting in a restriction of blood flow and lymphatic circulation. This compression affects nociceptors (pain receptors) that are under the skin, which send “signs of discomfort” to the brain and the person feels pain.
In the application we have a lifting of the skin, thereby increasing interstitial space. The patient notices a rapid pain relief. With help treat lymphatic system to remove waste products.
Tapes can stay from 3-7 days, and the skin and all the while producing a therapeutic effect taking every movement. So we got a treat for 24 hours a day.
Applying kinesiotape requires professional treatment for placement with the right technique.Depending on the case, there are several consistent colors like beige, or black that is created with the intention of uses where visibility is not interested.
The tapes have the same thickness as the epidermis, are 100% cotton, allowing the comfort and breathability. The adhesive is very light, soft and hypoallergenic and latex free. The patient can shower easily with ribbons or even go swimming. Allows optimal movement in the affected area.
Professionals using this method, has obtained a qualification for the proper use of the treatment.
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