Kinesio Taping: a revolutionizing bandaging method in colored tapes
Sure you have lately seen many great athletes like Novak Djokovic, David Beckham or the player of the Spanish basketball team Alex Mumbrú with strips of colors in his body. And sure you have wondered what they were and what they were for.
This is a revolutionary all-natural bandaging method called Kinesio Taping that helps our body to activate its own self-healing process without altering the mobility and improving circulation. The Kinesio Tapes do not carry any kind of incorporated medicine but its effect is physical. The bands are elastic, unlike the classic bandages, and when a muscle is inflamed, swelled or shrunk due to fatigue, the space between the skin and the muscle is compressed, causing a restriction of blood flow and lymphatic circulation. So bands give the information and your body interprets and acts depending on your needs.
The bases of Kinesio Taping were laid in the 70’s in Asia (Korea and Japan), by the hand of Dr. Kenzo Kase (now president of the International Association of Kinesio Taping) with the idea of stabilizing the back muscles after chiropractic correction. In 1995 Kinesio Taping arrived to the U.S. and in the late nineties the footballer Alfred Nijhuis introduced it to Europe. However, recently it has experienced a boom and, if in the Beijing Olympics 2008 there were many athletes who used it, in the last summer in London they were the majority, as more and more professionals recognize the many natural benefits of this approach.
The Kinesio Taping helps to treat muscle injuries, joints or ligaments. In addition to reducing pain and inflammation, it improves blood drainage and helps to remove accumulations of liquids or organic debris.
The tapes have the same thickness as the epidermis, are 100% cotton (comfortable, breathable and hypoallergenic) and allow optimal movement in the affected areas. Different colors act as a mirror to the skin as the exact effect that you achieved (is what is known as chromotherapy): warm colors like red, causing the temperature increase of the area where they apply, while cold, like blue, scatters it. For example, in an inflammation it is advised to use cool colors, while for surges we recommend the heat, warm colors are used.
The Kinesio Tapes can stay several days on the skin, working 24 hours a day, producing a therapeutic effect that leverages each of our movements.
After this explanation you are probably already thinking of testing them but, for the effect to be truly beneficial, it is best that after a therapeutic massage, the tapes are placed by a specialist who previously will analyze your specific ailments and recommend how to use them properly.