KINESIOLOGY TAPING FOR ATHLETES & PLAYERS IN IRELAND
This week’s blog post is about Kinesiology Taping which is one of the services I provide to my patients/clients.
I will be doing blogs in the coming weeks on each of the other services I provide at AR Sports Therapy Clinic.
What are the Benefits of Kinesiology Taping
Kinesiology Tape is very good as part of recovery for muscular and other injuries. BECAUSE it gives pain relief, improves circulation which speeds up recovery time and it also provides support for the injury.
As part of a course I did 7 years ago and it was a very useful course as it showed the many injuries that Kinesiology Taping can be used for and how to apply the tape for each injury.
You may have seen while watching Rugby, Soccer, Gaelic Football, Hurling and other sports, players having the taping on them.
Kinesiology Taping can be used for treating many injuries such as:
• Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
• Shoulder Injuries
• Rotator Cuff Injuries
• Elbow Injuries
• Wrist injuries
• Hip Flexor injuries
• Hamstring Injuries
• Quad Injuries
• Patella Tendonitis injuries and other knee injuries
• Achilles Injuries
• Ankle injuries
• Calf injuries
I have used Kinesiology Tape in most if not all of the above injuries and the amount of injuries it can be used for is not limited to the above list, there are many more injuries it can be used for.
The first injury I used it for was Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. When the Client came to me it was at the early stages of Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is where the main nerve going into the wrist and hand is compressed limiting sensation to the hand. some of the symptoms include
• Pain in the wrist or hand
• pins and needles
•However, for best recovery outcomes, Kinesiology Taping has to be applied correctly as there are certain percentages of stretches you have to apply to give the best result so as to give the best possible chance of recovering from the injury.
The above symptoms are just 3 that can and are experienced. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome can be treated without surgery if it is treated at the early stages, if it is left a long time before treatment, surgery is required. If not treated on time, more severe symptoms may result. Rest and no heavy lifting physical or manual work while recovering as to do so will aggravate the injury and lead to further complications. If you think you may have Carpel Tunnel Syndrome then go to your GP, Physio, Sports Therapist for treatment and advice and if required, possible referral
You see some images in this post as to how its applied.
You can get Kinesiology Tape, the proper tape, you can get it cheaper in certain supermarkets, but it won’t be as good as the proper tape you get from a chemist or pharmacy or if you order directly online from the manufacturer.
I am trained in applying the tape and I have a high level of experience in applying it so it is better to get your Physio or Sports Therapist to apply it. You can apply it yourself if you have applied it before or have been shown how to apply it by your physio or Sports Therapist. If you haven’t done it before or you are not confident applying it, it is best to get your Physio or Sports Therapist to do it.
If applied right,. Kinesiology Taping gives so many benefits which will help AS PART OF THE RECOVERY PROCESS. Only use after consulting your Physio or Sports Therapist and getting advice from them.
If you do not apply the right amount of stretch when applying it as in, if you don’t put enough stretch in the tape it won’t be of any benefit or help to the injury and may inhibit and make the injury worse. If you put too much stretch in will make the injury worse and may affect circulation.
Thank you for reading this week’s blog on Kinesiology Taping for the Athlete/Player. I hope you found it interesting, helpful and informative.
If you have any questions on Kinesiology Taping or you need advice then feel free to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or send a text or WhatsApp message to 0894304496.
If you have an injury and would like me to do a blog post about it – let me know and I would be delighted to cover it in an upcoming blog post.