Taping involves placing strips of elastic kinesiology tape onto the skin to balance muscle function. Kinesio Taping, unlike conventional athletic taping, is applied in a manner that allows the body to move freely without restriction. Taping can be used to help balance muscle firing patterns and improve joint function. Kinesio Tape is used by amateur, Olympic and professional athletes.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
After a functional evaluation, Kineio-Tape is placed over the muscles in a manner to either increase or decrease muscle activation. The intention is to optimize motor recruitment in order to improve the quality of movement of prescribed exercises.
HOW DOES IT WORK AND WHY IS IT EFFECTIVE?
Kinesio-Taping works by affecting the specialized nerve receptors of the skin and the underlying fascia through the gentle tugging action the tape offers during movement. This results in normalization of motor function and improves quality of movement.