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Kinesiotaping – what is worth knowing about dynamic taping?

Kinesiotaping is a therapeutic method that was initially popular only in the world of athletes, today it is used by physiotherapists around the world. It consists of wrapping selected places on the body with special tapes. Tapes relax muscles, reduce their tension and have an analgesic effect.

Kinesiotaping – what is it?

Kinesiotaping, or dynamic taping, is a therapeutic method used in physiotherapy. It consists in wrapping specific parts of the body with special elastic tapes. The creator of kinesiotaping is a Japanese doctor Kenzo Kaze, who already in the 70s of the twentieth century patented the technology of production of Kinesio Tex Gold patches used in physiotherapy to this day. Kinesiotaping became popular in 1988 thanks to the Olympic Games in Seoul. Japanese athletes then benefited from dynamic taping, and after the Olympics, the therapeutic method gained popularity among athletes around the world. Currently, this method is available to everyone and willingly used by physiotherapists.

Kinesiotaping – action

Patches used in kinesiotaping are made of a material whose parameters are similar to the properties of human skin. Most often it is cotton with the addition of nylon covered with medical glue. Kinesiotaping patches are flexible, waterproof, breathable and hypoallergenic. The tape stretches only in length and in no way restricts the patient’s movements. It is not soaked in any drug or other chemical.

Kinesiotaping relieves pain and increases muscle strength. That is why it is so eagerly used by athletes and people who regularly practice sports. Wrapping the injured place brings quick relief and allows you to continue training. Currently, face kinesiotaping is also performed, which has a modelling and anti-wrinkle effect.

Kinesiotaping – indications

The therapeutic method using dynamic patches is universal and has a wide range of applications. It is particularly suitable in the following cases:

  • Back pain syndromes – overload changes, degenerative changes, sciatica, shoulder neuralgia,
  • Pain syndromes such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, painful shoulder syndrome,
  • Injuries and contusions, e.g. ankle sprain, joint dislocation, muscle tear,
  • Posture defects – scoliosis, round back
  • Lymphatic system dysfunction – edema, rehabilitation of women after pregnancy or mastectomy,
  • Scars and hematomas,
  • Swallowing disorders,
  • Paralysis of the facial nerve – e.g. after a stroke.

Kinesiotaping – contraindications

Dynamic taping is safe and can be used in people of all ages – children, adults, the elderly and pregnant women. The only contraindications to use are:

  • Psoriasis
  • Unhealed wounds,
  • Allergy to glue (very rare),
  • If the patient plans to perform another physiotherapeutic procedure or massage while wearing the patches, he should inform the physiotherapist.

Kinesiotaping – effects

Kinesiotaping brings immediate results. Tapes reduce pain and swelling. They work from the moment they are glued, and the positive effects of their use persist long after they are removed.

Dynamic taping is an effective and at the same time 100% safe therapeutic method. Kinesiotaping does not cause any side effects. Tapes can be used for people of all ages. Also, kinesiotaping in pregnancy is safe. This therapeutic method works well in situations where other methods are not recommended for various reasons. It is also often a complement to other therapeutic methods.

Kinesiotaping patches – at the physiotherapist or at home?

Theoretically, there are no contraindications to apply the tapes yourself at home. However, we strongly recommend that you use kinesiotaping in the physiotherapist’s office. Why? Firstly, there are places on the body where we will not be able to stick tapes ourselves – back, neck, back of legs – here you need the help of another person. Secondly, in order to properly glue the tapes, it is necessary to have a thorough knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, because only thanks to this knowledge we will be able to glue the tape in the right place. And thirdly, proper diagnostics are needed. Most often, it is not enough to stick only the sore spot.

There are also no ready-made schemes that would show how to stick patches for specific diseases. Patients often ask – how to perform lumbar kinesiotaping, kinesiotaping on the shoulder, knee, face, or generally how to stick patches. Each case is individual, and it is the physiotherapist who makes the appropriate diagnosis and plans the distribution of tapes in the place requiring therapy. Do not undertake sticking tapes without any experience. There is a good chance that we will not stick them properly, and then we will not feel any effects, and we will only be discouraged from this method.

If you would like to talk to one of our specialists about kinesiotaping, please contact reception to make an appointment.

 

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