Every year, the Olympics brings up the question of sports injury tape that is seen on many of the athletes. Viewers want to know what it is, what it does and are drawn to all the bright colors and crazy designs. This Tape comes in many forms and brands, but at McBrearty Chiropractic you can find this sports injury tape to be called KT tape, or RockTape. If you think Sports injury tape might be something that could help you, call our office at 330-491-0381 or you can visit our website at www.yourartdoc.com. 

We’ve all seen this sports injury tape whether it be in the Olympics or even on our local high school athletes. This tape is called Kinesiology Tape. Kinesiology tape is a waterproof, elastic, therapeutic tape that when applied correctly, lifts the top layers of the skin and allows new healthy blood to enter the injured area, and also helps with the lymphatic flow. It comes in many different colors and designs but those do not carry any therapeutic benefit; those are just for show. If you have to have an injury, you must rep your team colors! 

The sports injury tape, or kinesiology tape, can be used for many different reasons. One reason it is so versatile is that it is water and sweat proof so no matter what activity you are involved in, the tape is not likely to come off. In fact, you can wear the tape for up to 3-5 days without having to reapply. It is also made with a hypoallergenic adhesive decreasing the amounts of reactions people may have to adhesives and tapes. Kinesiology tape can assist in decreasing pain and inflammation from an injury, increase circulation and encourage new blood flow to the tissue, assist in postural corrections or supporting muscles or joints, or improve athletic performance by awakening muscles that need a little extra support. 

Kinesiology tape is used to apply pressure to the individual muscles or areas of the body that are injured without causing disruption in their movements. It also helps to reduce inflammation that may be built upon the area which can in return decrease pain. When you see athletes in the Olympics using this tape it can many times be in assistance to, or even instead of wearing a brace. You see all types of athletes, from swimmers to volleyball to wrestling and all types of areas it applies such as knees, shoulders, and backs. It can benefit any individual that has sustained a soft tissue injury. 

Sports injury tape, or Kinesiology Tape, may have piqued your interest in the Olympics but it is not only used on elite athletes on the most competitive stage. Kinesio Tape can range from a young athlete with an injury, an older person with a sedentary job, posture correction, joint pain, and many other conditions and areas. If you think you might benefit from Kinesiology Tape or have more questions, call our office at 330-491-0381 or visit our website at www.yourartdoc.com.