Leukotape® K - Lower Back Kinesiology Taping Technique
Reliable support: what is kinesio tape and how it works
Sports taping and kinesiotaping are methods of rehabilitation or prevention of traumatic injuries to muscles and ligaments using adhesive tapes - tapes. The difference between the types of taping is that sports tapes most often restrict the movement of damaged fibers, and kineisotapes allow muscles to move, sometimes even more freely than without a tape. In fact, the tape is the same adhesive plaster, only softer and more stretchy.
Where did the tape come from?
The technology was invented by the Japanese sports doctor-massage therapist Kenzo Kase in the 70s, more 20 years ago, professional athletes began to use it, and not so long ago it became available for amateurs.
Useful or pointless?
Neither the sports community nor medicine have come to a consensus about benefits of taping. According to some, tapes are really capable of lifting an injured athlete to their feet in the shortest possible time, while others say that the power of tapes is in the placebo effect and with the same success you can stick anything on yourself.
How to apply the tape?
Elastic bands are applied to the taut skin surface: for example, if the knee is taped, the joint must be bent. When the limb returns to a straightened position, the tapes have a compressive, supportive effect, take on a part of the physical load that muscles and ligaments usually carry. The tape adheres to clean skin without hair, irritation and visible damage. It is water and air permeable, and the composition of the glue is hypoallergenic, which allows you to wear the tape without removing it for 3-5 days.
How does it work?
During rehabilitation, the feed supports damaged muscle and allows not to go to bed rest, but to recover in motion, which contributes to the rapid elimination of regeneration products of damaged tissues. For prevention purposes, tapes are used to distribute the load between the muscles involved in the work and the glued tape, which, due to its supportive effect, helps the muscles and joints to fatigue less. Of course, taping itself is only half of the solution to the problem, it is necessary to add sports massages and, for example, Pilates to it, otherwise the result can never be expected.
As sellers promise, magic tapes treat literally everything and for a very a short time. First of all, taping restores blood circulation and tightens the skin, then exerts a compressive effect on the muscles, but that's not all: tapes can correct curvature of the spine and even cure tendon contraction in a small foal!
But if there are so many benefits from tapes, why don't all athletes use tapes?
● Firstly, their effect on muscles and joints has not been scientifically confirmed to the end, butif someone tried to prove their beneficial effect, then there were opponents who destroyed hypotheses to smithereens.
● Secondly, many athletes prefer more rigid fixators and bandages that will fix the entire injured area and neighboring muscles, and not just one ligament - the analogy works here which is easier to break: one twig or a whole broom: it is better not to risk one twig-muscle / ligament, but to distribute the load between the nearest fibers.
● Third , improper application of the tape can lead to stretching and microtrauma, and it is almost impossible to fix the tape on your own without proper knowledge about the structural features of the human body. If you do decide to try this technique, then it is better to consult a sports doctor who has completed taping courses than to self-medicate and harm yourself.
● Fourthly, the colored stripes on the body are partly a tribute to fashion and the desire to be on the same wavelength, in line with professional athletes. But our amateurs and beginners forget that it is not tapes that add speed and endurance to athletes, but long grueling workouts. And the tapes also do not heal by themselves, but only in conjunction with physical therapy, medications and a decrease in the mobility of the damaged muscle groups.
● Fifthly, although there are very few contraindications to the use of tapes and they are mainly allergic reactions to glue, do not forget that it is useless to glue tapes on loose and flabby skin, just as it makes no sense to tap just over the muscle, without taking into account the anatomical features and nature of the injury.
Since there is no consensus - someone can no longer imagine his life without teips, and they have never helped someone, then you can try it yourself and decide whether the teips really work.