Kinesio tapes have become indispensable on sports fields and in the gym. But how do the colorful ribbons actually work??
For a number of years now, the hardened bodies of our sports heroes have not only been adorned with tattoos and jerseys in national or club colors, but more and more colorful adhesive strips can be seen on the athletes' skin. The adhesive strips are so-called Kinesio tapes - just what is it actually and how do the adhesive strips work?
What is kinesiological taping actually?
At first, the colorful kinesio tapes are somewhat reminiscent of a modern type of war paint. But in fact, these mystical-looking adhesive patterns are a form of medical treatment.
Kinesio taping has become a real trend. The tape is used in a wide variety of ways. It almost seems as if kinesio tape is a real panacea. The tape is not all that new. It was invented by the Japanese chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase was back in the 1970s. He has further developed the rigid tape bandages that were customary up to now in such a way that blood circulation and movements are not restricted. Nevertheless, the kinesio tapes also have a supportive effect.
Via competitive sports, the taping process with the colorful adhesive strips has also made its way into popular sports and at home and no longer only adorns tough super athletes, but every amateur athlete - whether influencer, housewife, office worker and even animals.Check out this post on Instagram
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What's the point of kinesio taping?
The fields of application are broad, so you can really stick one to the pain with the colorful adhesive strips! Because correct kinesio taping is actually supposed to relieve slight muscle pain and swelling. How? Well, if the elastic kinesio tape is correctly glued on, it lifts the area of the skin a little, which is supposed to stimulate the blood and lymph circulation. The ligaments thus act like a gentle massage for the muscles.
In addition, the muscles can be supported and the joints supported with complete freedom of movement. Kinesio tapes are therefore not only used during the treatment of tension and injuries, but also preventively. The colorful adhesive strips are elastic and breathable.
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Do kinesio tapes really help?
Can the supposed miracle adhesive strips really help against pain or is it all a question of belief?? They are at least continuing their triumphant advance.
Meanwhile, there are also some studies, including from Brazil and Great Britain, on kinesio tapes. These have shown that the colorful adhesive strips can alleviate the symptoms of muscle pain and tension more easily. However, they are no more or less effective than classic methods such as cold or heat therapy and bandages.
Overall, the scientific investigation of the Kinesio tapes does not seem to be completed because the procedures and the measurements of study to study strongly distinguish.
Presumably one should also be the effectiveness Placebo effect note. In this respect, the colorful kinesio tapes may act like a kind of war painting, which strengthens the athlete and not only deterres the opponent. Especially in top sport alone positive thoughts can make up the little difference, which leads to the victory.
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Where to buy Kinesio tape?
Basically, Kinesio Tapes can support the conservative pain therapy, especially in muscle and joint complaints, whether it is actually through a physical effect or only in mind.
In addition, the different colored adhesive strips are quite inexpensive and are now available almost everywhere in pharmacies, drugstores or online (buy here at Amazon).
Of course, it is also possible to tape yourself, but as always, you should first seek advice from an expert such as a sports doctor or physiotherapist.