Kinesiotaping; Developed in 1973 by Dr. Kenzo Kase, it is a banding technique that releases the movement function of the muscles according to the classical banding method. Kinesiotapes produced in different colors and in different shapes can be used in the treatment process of both acute and chronic pain, posture disorders and many other musculoskeletal system diseases. The most important feature of the tape; by creating an opening between the skin and the muscles, preventing the muscles from being under excessive pressure.
In the continuation of our article, you can find more information about the benefits and application of kinesio taping. For all your questions about kinesio taping, you can contact the clinic of Specialist Dr. Nural Aydın in Ankara.
What is Kinesio Banding?
Although kinesio taping was first developed in 1973, it is a technique that is accepted and applied by the whole world today. Purpose; reduction of pain and minimization of deformation of muscles.
Kinesiotape has been developed to match the characteristics of the skin. Its thickness is in harmony with the thickness of the epidermis layer of the skin. Its elastic feature allows the bands to move comfortably over the skin. The bands can extend up to 55-60% of their length but do not stretch transversely. It is not harmful to human health because it is produced with polymer elastic fibers wrapped in 100% cotton fibers. Bands activated by heat are not affected by water. For this reason, there is no problem for the patient to shower or swim in the sea with the bands attached.
What is the Effect of Kinesio Banding?
In the classical banding techniques used in the field of physical therapy, the application is made around the joint area. Dr. Kenzo Kase discovered that this technique adversely affects the movement function of the muscles. According to Kase; The main cause of diseases of the musculoskeletal system is the loss of functional functions of the muscle. For this reason, the mobility of the muscle should not be restricted during the treatment process. Kinesio bands are applied directly on the muscles; Thanks to the body’s own structure and flexible structure, it maintains the moving structure of the muscles. It shows its effect by slightly pulling up the skin in the area where it is adhered. With the increase in the opening between muscle and skin, the pressure exerted on the muscle also decreases. Thus, the healing process of the deformations that cause pain and inflammation in that area is accelerated. Kinesio bands act on the central nervous system by stimulating mechanoreceptors. Thus, the arrangement of the fascia tissue is corrected and the circulatory speed increases. This helps to regenerate and strengthen the tissues.
Effects of kinesio banding;
- It supports and strengthens the muscles.
- It prevents excessive contraction of the muscles.
- It has a positive effect on the range of motion of the joints.
- Accelerates blood circulation.
- Reduces inflammation.
- It is also effective in eliminating joint problems.
- It is often used after sports injuries, especially in the treatment of acute pain.
What Are the Benefits of Kinesio Banding?
Kinesio bands are developed to match the structure of the skin itself. Therefore, it does not bother the person during the time he is plugged in.
- Tapes can maintain their flexible structure for a long time. It can be used for about 3 – 7 days.
- It is activated by heat.
- Since it is water resistant, it does not prevent the person from taking a shower.
- It can be used simultaneously with other methods of physical therapy.
It can be applied to all age groups. It has a wide range of uses because it can be applied to pregnant women and pediatric age group.
What Diseases Can Be Treated with Kinesio Banding?
- Musculoskeletal problems that cause neck, back and lumbar pain
- Soft tissue traumas such as tendonitis, bursitis, etc.
- Sports injuries
- Joint volatility
- Posture issues
- Degenerative arthritis (joint calcification)
- Health problems such as heel spur, hammer finger, etc.
- Rehabilitation after sprains and fractures
- Muscle weakness due to immobility
- Muscle deficiencies due to neurological diseases
How to Choose Kinesio Tape Type?
There are many different types of kinesiotapes. The most widely known are; I, Y, X, rake and ring-shaped ones. Each of these banding methods is used to treat different ailments.
I-shaped bands are the most commonly used type of kinesio tape in the treatment of acute pain. After the acute pain has passed, Y-shaped bands can be applied to repair and strengthen the muscles.
X-shaped bands can be used especially in muscles involving two joints with a maximum tension ratio.
Rake-shaped kinesio bands can be used to support lymph drainage massages. It can also be used to reduce edema in the area with acute edema
Networked kinesio bands are commonly used in moving areas such as the elbow joint.
Ankara Kinesio Banding Treatment
Kinesio taping may be sufficient alone in the treatment of mild and acute pain or can be applied with other physical therapy methods. Usually, kinesiotaping cold treatment and electrotherapy methods are supplemented by kinesiotaping tapering. The tapes must be glued by an experienced physical therapist. Because physical therapists can accurately determine the location of the damaged muscles and apply to the center of pain. Before application, the skin is thoroughly cleaned. If the density of hair in the area is high, the area can be shaved. The adhesion of the tapes takes about 20 – 30 minutes. When gluing tape, it is necessary to take care that the body does not sweat.
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