It seems that everywhere you look these days you'll see folks with strips of tape stuck to parts of their bodies. It's not a fashion statement although Rocktape (in my opinion, the best-quality tape) does come in some great colors and patterns! Known generally as "K-tape", it's proper term is Kinesio-tape. "Kinesio" is latin for movement.
K-taping hit the big time when many athletes in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics were seen with various formations of the tape on various parts of their bodies. But do you know why you are taping and what the benefit is?
There are 4 basic premises for the use of K-tape:
1. Facilitation of a muscle (or movement)
2. Inhibition of a muscle (overactive or tight)
3. Relief of a restriction or tightness
4. Swelling reduction
How K-tape is applied in terms of tension and location, size and orientation will determine the benefit. Seek a trained professional to help you with this.
Just like any therapy treatment, K-taping is not a stand-alone "miracle fix" nor is it intended to be used ongoing, but is a merely a training tool. Used in conjunction with other treatments such as soft tissue mobilization, stretching, strengthening and stabilization exercises, taping can help get you back to the activities that you love.