Kinesio taping is one of the effective methods of physical rehabilitation used to restore the body’s functions under various pathological conditions (osteochondrosis, stroke, trauma, surgery, pain syndrome, etc.).
HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?
The essence of the technique is that kinesio tapes are attached to certain skin areas in a special way.
Kinesio tapes are elastic cotton tapes covered with a hypoallergenic adhesive gel on an acrylic base. They are applied to the skin. The body temperature activates the glue, which leads to tension of those skin areas where the tapes are located. The tightness of the tape is very close to the tension of the human skin, so it works as if it takes part of the load of the overloaded areas of muscles, helping them to work.
WHAT PROBLEM DOES IT SOLVE?
Kinesio taping allows restoring in a quick and painless way muscles that have lost mobility due to stroke, trauma, accidents, etc., as well as facilitate movements in the joints.
Therefore, this method of rehabilitation is successfully used in neurology and post-stroke rehabilitation.
The effect of tape starts working immediately after gluing and lasts for five days.
Since cotton is a breathable material, tapes can be left on the skin for up to two weeks. At the same time the patient is absolutely not limited in movements, and can also take water procedures.
The effect of kinesio taping:
- pain relieve;
- lymphatic drainage;
- dynamic (facilitates the movement of the limb or joint);
- relaxing (effect on the muscles);
- stabilizing (effect on joints).
Kinesio taping allows maintaining and even increasing the mobility of the damaged limb, which is especially important in the treatment of post-stroke motor disorders.
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF KINESIO TAPING?
Kinesio taping is effective in treating:
- paresis (paralysis) of the extremity due to a stroke;
- osteochondrosis of the spine;
- humerus periarthritis (shoulder pain);
- cervicalgia (neck pain);
- cephalgia (headache);
- lumbargia (low back pain).
Thus, the use of kinesio taping in the complex rehabilitation of the patient significantly improves its effectiveness.
Kinesio taping improves microcirculation in tissues at various levels; normalizes muscle tone; reduces acute and chronic pain syndrome; affects numerous receptors, thereby stimulating the processes of regeneration of damaged tissues.