Kinesiology tape is a stretchy, athletic tape that sticks directly to the skin (when used on humans) and to the hair (when used on animals) to improve function. The tape stretches along the longitudinal axis, contains no medications, does not constrict motion and is breathable and hypo-allergenic. In humans, kinesiology tape is most commonly used to aid in back pain, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, neck plain and knee instability.
Benefits of Kinesiology Taping:
Decompresses the tissue thereby enabling increased blood flow and oxygenation which promotes and facilitates healing
Decreases muscle spams, tension, soreness and trigger points
Helps relax overused muscles
Decreases edema and swelling
Provides support to tendons, ligaments and joints in both athletic and injury rehab situations
Helps to improve muscle and joint mechanics
Tissue decompression helps provide pain relief by decreasing the pressure on the skin's pain receptors and how the receptors respond to messages from the brain
Can be used in a preventative manner for horses that have weaknesses or are prone to injuries
Can help horses recover faster in athletic training situations
Can assist with horses that have chronic conditions such as lesions, kissing spine and chronic stiffnes
Increases proprioception (the ability to sense how ones body parts are positioned) by stimulating the proprioceptive nerves, the brain has a better sense of where the body part is during movement.
Treatments: Kinesiology tape can be used during an event, during rest time or during practice. Some events or shows do not allow kinesiology tape on animals during competition. Check with your organizations rule guide for restrictions.
It is ideal to leave the tape on for 3 to 4 day periods.