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.
Then, what does tape do?
Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for Preventive Maintenance, Edema, and to treat pain. Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body's own natural healing process.
How does Tape help injuries?
Beyond the standard tape varieties is Kinesio Tape. While most athletic tape promotes rigidity, the elastic Kinesio Tape is designed to stretch with and support muscles as they move. The manufacturers even claim it also reduces overall muscle fatigue, re-educates injured muscles, and improves circulation.
What is KT Tape Good For?
The tape was invented by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970s. The U.K. web site for Kinesio tape claims it can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, relax muscles, enhance performance, and help with rehabilitation as well as supporting muscles during a sporting event.