The two most valuable visible skills a physical trainer or therapist can acquire is strapping and taping techniques. These are used for the recuperation of muscle weaknesses or injuries in the knee, elbow, ankle, shoulder, back, neck, chest, wrist, and hand. The effectivity of these techniques greatly depends on the knowledge of the trainer or the therapist and of course, the quality of the materials used. There are many therapeutic devices out there that can give stabilization and support to the affected areas, however, some of them can only provide temporary, short-term effect. In a lot of cases, the disadvantages of using them outnumber the advantages.
In order to appreciate the different taping methods, it is good to get yourself familiar with the type of taping methods and the materials used.
Rigid tape is stiff in composition just as its name suggests. It typically uses a zinc-oxide based glue which is quite strong and sticks to the skin very well, however, it yields an uncomfortable feeling and restricts movement. It can hold and tighten the grip while immobilizing the taped area. The disadvantage obviously lies in its mobility restrictions and the longevity as it can only be used up until 2 days maximum.
Elastic Tape enhances motion as it is flexible. It assists fluid flow and stimulates analgesics in the skin. These kinds of tapes are usually made with cotton so your skin can breathe to a certain degree and can absorb moisture through the material.
Cohesive Bandages don’t have any glue unlike rigid tapes but their surfaces are sticky that you can wrap them around the affected area and allow them to stick to each other.
Although elastic and cohesive tapes have the flexibility we are looking for, it lacks the quality in the material used and can still make the user uncomfortable after prolonged use of the tape.
Compared to these tapes in the market, Kinesio tapes are the best option. A KT tape (Kinesio tape) is an external support for muscles, ligaments, tendons and is lightweight, elastic and pliable with a skin mimicking feel that helps you to remain active while recovering from injuries.
They are made of various vibrant colors which make them so hard to miss. Because of that, they can easily be mistaken for fashion strips to adorn the body rather than anything of remedial use. Nevertheless, many athletes and gym enthusiasts are convinced that these strips have medical benefits. Kinesiology tapes or more commonly known as Kinesio tapes are slowly gaining popularity, especially among active individuals.
As you can see, there are many factors to consider in taping and it takes an experienced chiropractor to craft one. In fact, Kinesio taping was first conceived in the 1970s by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a chiropractor, and an acupuncturist, because of the lack of available taping options during his time. He engineered an elastic tape that enables his patient to prolong their treatment even after they left his clinic and ease the body’s natural healing process. In the year 1983, Kinesio taping was made publicly available. Soon enough, high profile athletes such as Keri Walsh started using it during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The exposure gained Kinesio taping more recognition.
When it comes to kinesiology taping, we highly recommend Second Skin by Mayfair Nutrition. As the name suggest, it feels just like an extension of your own skin. It is made of 100% elastic fibers that are latex free so it is less likely to irritate your skin when used continuously. It has fingerprint-like impressions similar to that of a real skin that allows the tape to breathe. Being elastic, it is stretchable bi-directionally 170%. Always remember that not all Kinesio tapes are created the same so always check for quality to get effective results.
When To Use Kinesio Tapes?
o If you know you have ailments or body issues, you can wear the tape in advance to avoid further injuries. By doing so, it helps prevent the athlete from possible surgeries or worsening the ailments after the event.
o You can use Kinesio tapes if you have the tendency to slouch or if you feel you have an area in your body that is not properly aligned.
o After an intense workout or a competitive event, a person may feel exhausted or even wrecked. Manual therapy is a must and Kinesio tapes help to increase the effectivity of the physical treatment. It provides prolonged and continuous stabilization to the treated area which in turn gives the muscles and ligaments a chance to restore themselves. Because the tape provides good support, it frees up pressure from the areas that have undergone manual therapy.
o Kinesia tapes can help decrease the pain in the manually treated areas from pain and discomfort. There is a technique used to relieve yourself from bruising and swelling that helps drain into the lymphatic ducts.
As simple as it looks, it does take the expertise of a trained individual to do the application, although, you can also find helpful guides and tips online nowadays.
Whatever activities you do in your daily life – whether you are into running, swimming, tennis, cycling, boxing, weight lifting and cross fitting, the Second Skin by Mayfair Nutrition is a must-have!