We have a brand new writer for you now – Paul Drumm is the Managing Director of a company with the scary sounding name of “Sports Pain” and he wants to tell us all about one of his key products, one of the hottest things in sports injury treatment…

What do David Beckham, Lance Armstrong, Andy Murray, Gareth Bale, the England Rugby Team, Chelsea FC and several GB track and field athletes all have in common?

There are no doubt lots of witty answers (and no there isn’t a prize for the funniest one!) but the answer is that they have all used Kinesio tape.

Kinesiology tape has been used to successfully treat sports people since the 1970’s. However it is only since the Beijing Olympics that the technique has started to receive widespread media recognition, although Beckham was a high profile early adopter.  But you don’t need to be in the global spotlight to use it – any athlete amateur or professional and from any sport can use Kinesiology tape.  The range of injuries that can be helped by taping is very diverse – knee, hip, groin, shoulder, elbow or lower back strains for example.  It can also be used on your hamstrings and calves or even on your arches and to help with postural or lymphatic problems. Due to it’s simplicity kinesiology tape has a multitude of uses including; pain relief, reducing swelling and inflammation, to provide structural support to joints and muscles, and enhance athletic performance.

An example of Kinesio tape in place

And it really is simple – each pack comes with application instructions on how to apply the tape. Designed to mimic the skin kinesiology tape integrates with the body’s sensory system naturally to enhance performance and aid recovery. By reducing inflammation in the effected area it speeds up recovery to get you back training. The tape works on the injury when you are active or just resting and unlike regular athletic taping, using kinesiology tape allows freedom of motion without restricting muscles or blood flow. By allowing the muscles a larger degree of movement, the body is able to heal itself more quickly and fully than before.

This flexibility means that the tape is now very much in the mainstream – coaches and trainers are carrying kinesiology tape in their kits, Athletes keep them in their sports bags, for quick application should an injury occur or to provide support. Many physical therapists and chiropractors have incorporated kinesiology tape into their practices, and are loving the speed, simplicity and duplicability of working with kinesiology tape applications.

The tape is designed to be used during excercise

Kinesiology tape is made from a high-grade cotton material with 100% acrylic, hypoallergenic adhesive.  It is water-resistant and breathable and the recommendation is for it to be worn for approx. 5 days before re-applying if/when necessary.  It is designed to be worn on the skin during strenuous exercise, and adheres well to the body without irritation.  It has moderate elasticity, which matches the same basic elasticity found in human skin, allowing it to work within the natural range of motion. This provides support and stability, without adversely affecting movement.  The tape comes in roll form and also in 16 pre-cut, pre-designed,pre-packaged applications.

You can view more on the application by visiting Paul’s website www.sportspain.info where he sells Kinesio tape.  The above piece is the author’s opinion and in all matters of sports injury it is recommended that you consult with a registered professional.

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