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Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology taping was developed by a Japanese Chiropractor, Dr Kenzo Kase in the 1970's. He developed it to further the benefits of his treatments to humans, and it was found to grow and develop, growing within the athletic industry. It was later tried and developed for use in animals, particularly horses where it was found to have benefits and supported other complimentary therapies such as sports massage. 

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How? 

The tape used has a natural stretch within it, which means that it has a natural re-coil. When applied, the tape works by securing to the horses coat, the natural recoil raises the hair, which in turn lifts the outer layer of skin, increasing the space in the tissue beneath which allows for blood and lymphatic. fluid to flow more freely.

 

An increase in blood and lymph allows for more nutrients and oxygen to be supplied and an increase in the removal of waste products.  

This effect can also work and affect deeper tissues, relieving pressure on pain receptors and helping to reduce pressure from swelling or inflammation,. 

When might it be used? 

The use of tape alongside sports massage can help to: 

  • Relieve pressure caused by swelling, inflammation or tight muscles

  • Help to reduce pain by affecting and influencing pain receptors within the skin

  • Encourages circulation 

  • Support joint stability

  • Support muscular activity 

  • Improve proprioception or self awareness

 

Examples of where this may be used to support are:

  • Muscle fatigue

  • Muscles tightness/tension

  • Swelling

  • Fascia tension

  • Pain relief

  • Scar tissue

  • Tendon injuries

  • Joint instability . 

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