Taping for Pain, what is K Tape?
Taping for pain especially in tendonopathies is an effective technique to support therapy for your condition. K Tape also called Kinesio tape or Rock tape (this is a brand name of K Tape) is elastic tape applied to the body to provide stability, support, help with weight bearing or to aid in Lymphatic return. K tape is used by people from all works of life including office workers, athletes, factory workers and anyone who has a condition where support and stability can be beneficial.
Taping for pain, What are the common uses of K Tape?
- Pain Relief
- Swelling Reduction
- Reducing Muscle Fatigue
- Positioning structures into beneficial positions reduces pain through increased stability or aiding in weight bearing and distribution
- By lifting the skin, K-tape improves lymphatic return, reducing swelling and other inflammatory conditions quickly.
- Reduced Muscle Fatigue
K tape provides physical and neurological support for the muscles it is applied to
Gets you back in the game quick
- Supporting irritated structures allows them to be put through range of motion with less stress – improving outcomes.
Common Uses of K Tape
- Sporting injuries such as strains and tears
- Supporting the lower back in late stages of pregnancy
- Aiding in lymphatic drainage
How does Taping for pain help in Pregnancy?
Taping can be used to provide support throughout pregnancy. It can help mums remain more athletic and mobile. Pregnancy places a lot of strain on uterine ligaments and sometimes these need some support. Taping can help in the following ways
- Reduce muscle fatigue
- Support uterine ligaments
- Decrease oedema and aid in lymphatic return
- Support sore joints
- Decrease pain
Taping for Pain, K Tape Frequently Asked Questions
What if i have a skin reaction?
Take it off immediately if the tape is itchy, painful or feels noticeable in any way. Your therapist will tell you what to look out for. If you ignore these symptoms – you may get a blister which can take time to recover. We advise people to monitor their tape daily. As a general rule, fair skinned individuals shouldn’t leave tape on for more than two days. Blistered skin should have an antiseptic applied immediately.
How long do you leave the tape on for?
Your therapist will determine what skin type and how reactive you are. We use hypo allergenic ROcktape – one of the highest quality kinesio tapes in the world. If you don’t feel itchy, sore or notice the tape – it’s probably ok to keep on for upto a week. But your therapist will look at your skin and risk factors first.