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Kinesio Taping

Kinesio taping is a treatment for many chronic conditions including low back pain, shoulder stiffness, and even allergies. The tape uses the bodies own natural healing process by activating the nervous and circulatory systems of the body. This method of treatment recognizes the importance of body and muscle movement and how these play a role in every day life. Most people know that muscles control how the body moves, but they also control the movement of blood through veins, body temperature, and lymph flow for the immune system. This means that the failure of muscles can be linked to many kinds of health problems. The tape has four main functions: support muscles, remove congestion and inflammation, activate the body’s pain control system, and to correct joint and tissues.

Kinesio tape supports muscles by helping them contract when they get weak. It also stops the muscle from over-extending or over-contracting causing inflammation. By not over-extending or contracting the muscle, it reduces muscle fatigue and helps avoid injury and muscle cramps. When the muscle becomes inflamed, swollen or stiff due to fatigue, the space between the skin and the muscle is compressed, this results in constriction to lymph fluid. Pain receptors are also compressed and give off signals to the brain – the person then experiences muscle pain. The tape reduces this pressure in the muscle decreasing inflammation and pain signals to the brain. Finally the tape reduces muscle spasm by relaxing tight muscles, which often causes joint pain, and helps improve the function of the effected joint.

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