Kinesiotaping FAQs

If you’ve been to any kind of Edmonton AB sports event in the last few years, you might have seen some of the athletes wearing some kind of colored tap on their arms, legs, and even their necks. You might think it has something to do with team spirit or just getting attention. Serenity Health & Wellness of Edmonton offers answers to common questions regarding Kinesiotaping.

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How Does Taping Reduce Inflammation?

While the tape is worn during sports by some athletes, Kinesiotaping is generally intended for recovery. The goal is to lift the skin enough to increase lymphatic drainage. This is one of the ways that the body gets rid of waste from muscle sets, reducing inflammation and pain. Skin is one of the largest organs of the body, and it sits as a layer over muscles. In between is what is identified as the interstitial space, and this area gets compacted when muscle tissue swells from use or inflammation. That makes it harder for the body to get rid of lactic acid buildup and similar.

Is Kinesiotaping Scientific or Modern Folklore?

The method is research-based and has been studied in clinical observations for years. Applied to specific muscle pain situations, the taping helps the body work more effectively, improves functions to reduce inflammation, and helps trigger downstream benefits of faster muscle mass recovery. This, in turn, allows the body to be far more resilient as well as avoid more serious injuries from over-extended muscles. It also increases circulation, which has been a medically well-known method of increasing healing to a specific area of the body experiencing pain symptoms.

Isn’t Taping Something Started by Volleyball Players?

No. Kinesiotaping was created by Dr. Kenzo Kase. Working at Kinesio University, he determined a specific method for the lifting of skin layers to produce beneficial healing and muscular waste removal effects underneath the lower epidermis. It’s from this initial research that Kinesiotaping was ultimately developed and based on.

Can It Just Be Bought at the Pharmacy and Applied?

The first step is to have a doctor evaluate your medical condition and determine how best to apply the treatment in comparison to other medical solutions that might work better. In some cases, the root cause of a medical condition may not be helped at all by Kinesiotaping. Different strategies may be applied based on the diagnosis. A typical evaluation will go through mobility testing, current walking and running patterns, and bone motion confirmation. If the taping applies, then the patient will be guided on how best to apply the Kinesiotaping and when.

Where Is Kinesiotaping in Edmonton, AB offered?

Whether for competitive sports or general mobility, our chiropractor team is specially trained in the application of medical taping for improved muscular recovery and lymphatic performance improvement. Call (780) 486-0710 to get started today.

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