Kinesiology Tape…what is it?
By now all of us have seen various colors of “strapping” over the shoulders, elbows, and legs, of high value athletes, but what, exactly, is it?
It is “kinesiology tape” and has provided much needed therapy to many athletes for many years. But how?
“This taping method gently lifts the layer of skin and attached tissue covering a muscle so that blood and other body fluids can move more freely in and around that muscle.”
OK, that is how but why? From a tennis perspective I see a huge value as a means to mitigate elbow and shoulder pain without medicine, either OTC or prescribed. To me that is a good thing.
With more and more players, of every age, trying to generate the maximum amount of “spin” with power it is inevitable that discomfort, or worse, can occur.
A recent article that I posted by the ITPA, International Tennis Performance Association, confirms that most injuries affect the shoulder and back. After reading this article and having many conversations with clients I have decided to offer a kinesiology tape for my customers.
I have selected KT Tape as my primary supplier for reasons that I can’t cover adequately here. You can take a look at the details at their web site www.kttape.com
The KT Tape comes in plain “beige” or some really outrageous colors! Decorate and heal yourself at the same time!
I invite you to stop by and pick up a sample and try it yourself. I am using it for an upper arm pain and I like the result.