Kinesiotaping – dynamic taping
Indications for the procedure
PAIN – POST-TRAUMATIC, BACKPAIN, RADIATING AND ACUTE PAIN
FEELING BLOCKED IN THE SPINE
AFTER SURGERY TO REDUCE POST-OPERATIVE PAIN
TO RELAX THE STRETCHED AND STRAINED MUSCLES
PREVENTION OF INJURIES
CIRCULATION PROBLEMS – TAPES GUARANTEE THE SAME EFFECT AS LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE
WRINKLES – REGULAR USE PREVENTS SKIN CHANGES, DARK CIRCLES UNDER THE EYES AS WELL AS WRINKLES
STRETCH MARKS – IN PARTICULAR FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
Kinesiotaping, i.e. dynamic taping, is a Japanese method that was used in the 1970s. It allows extremely effective and quick pain relief. All you have to do is stick colorful tapes on the selected part of the body. These tapes are made of cotton and acrylic glue, thanks to which they are breathable and can also be used underwater. The method called kinesiotaping is used by many athletes to prevent injuries or pain. The tapes also improve blood circulation and are effective protection against contractions.
Kinesiotaping – how do tapes work?
After sticking, the tape slightly lifts the skin, which increases the space that is formed between it and the muscles. This effect is crucial for kinesiotapping. Applying the tape properly also affects your pain.
How to prepare the skin?
Before applying the tapes, we should ensure that the skin is dry. We do not use any oils, creams or lotions beforehand. Before the procedure itself, thoroughly wash the skin with soap and water, and then wipe it with dry alcohol and gauze. If you have thin hair, it will not be an obstacle to stick the tapes. If you want to apply the tape to the areas that are covered with hair, it is necessary to perform depilation beforehand.
Very often tapes are applied after a strenuous training to relax muscles or relieve pain. You must remember to get rid of sweat beforehand.
Preparing the tape for kinesiotaping
Before you glue the tape you must measure the area of the body you are going to stick. The next step is to choose the right length of the tape, which we cut with special scissors. This is very important because ordinary scissors can fray the tape.
When we prepare the tape, we remove the bottom from one end. We do not peel off too much tape and avoid touching the sticky side of the tape, as this may reduce its adhesion.
Kinesiotaping – what should you remember about?
At first glance, the application may seem to be a piece of cake. However, it should be remembered that the application method is of key importance for the tape to work properly. That is why it is recommended that the procedure be performed by a physiotherapist who explains in detail and shows how to perform dynamic taping properly.
The tape works for about an hour after its application, which is why we should avoid swimming, bathing or showering during that time. After one hour, contact with water is possible. After a workout, wipe the tape very gently with a towel. In the event that its edges begin to peel or come off the skin, we can cut them with special scissors as this will prevent it from peeling off.
Certain precautions should be taken during kinesiotaping. Of course, the tapes themselves are a 100% safe product, but they are not recommended to be applied to damaged skin. If we have scratches, wounds, sunburn, irritation or a rash, we should give up dynamic taping. What’s more, those who have very sensitive skin should do the test before final application. We stick a small tape for 24 hours and watch for an allergic reaction. If there appears one, we should remove the tape immediately.
Kinesiotaping vs irritation
All tapes for kinesiotaping are made of cotton in combination with acrylic, hypoallergenic adhesive. The risk of irritation is very low. If you are afraid of a negative reaction to contact with tapes, it is worth asking the pharmacy about products that will allow you to effectively cleanse the skin before the procedure. For example cleansing milk will do the work effectively.
How do you remove the tapes?
After five days, the cells begin to peel, so removing tapes should be much easier. All you have to do is stretch the skin over one end of the tape, peel the end of the patch from the skin, carefully pull the end. After peeling off a piece of tape, we stretch the skin again and continue this process until the tape is completely removed. To faciliate the process of removing the tapes, you can oil your skin with oil or cream before doing so.