by MATT SMITH | ART, FMS, CPT, CES
Aside from the aesthetic appeal of the tape itself, there is a tremendous upside to utilizing kinesiology tape. Whether you are looking for recovery, lymphatic drainage, or increased performance, kinesiology taping can be a central piece in the puzzle of optimal performance.
Leading Brands of Kinesiology Tape
From personal and professional experience, I have found that RockTape stays on much longer than any other brand. Although they are a relatively new brand, they have made a huge splash in athletic communities across the board, due to their innovative approach to their product and application.
Short for “Kinesiology Tape,” KT Tape has been around for quite some time and has been the leader among professional athletes in the past. How does it work?
KT Tape is applied along muscles, ligaments, and tendons (soft tissue) to provide a lightweight, strong, external support that helps to prevent injury and speed recovery. KT Tape works differently for different injuries. KT Tape can lift and support the knee cap, holding it in place for Runner’s Knee. KT Tape can support sagging muscles along the arch of the foot, relieving the connective tissues for Plantar’s Fasciitis. And KT Tape can lift the stress off of shin splints to allow pain release and give the body a better opportunity to recover. Depending on how it is applied, KT Tape supports, enables, or restricts soft tissue and its movement. By stretching and recoiling like a rubber band, KT Tape augments tissue function and distributes loads away from inflamed or damaged muscles and tendons, thereby protecting tissues from further injury.
By applying KT Tape over affected tissue, athletes experience an external support which helps to prevent further injury and allows the body’s damaged tissue to rest and heal naturally despite continued activity. KT Tape also reduces inflammation and increases circulation which prevents muscle cramping and lactic acid buildup.
Well known for their pre-cut tape for different body parts. This brand is used for its easy applicability by health care providers all over. Take a peek into how this tape reduces inflammation below.