Benefits of Kinesio Tape fitnationmag August 12, 2013 2219 WHAT IS KINESIO TAPE AND WHY SHOULD I USE IT Watch any major sporting event, or head to a local race and you will likely see an athlete wearing brightly colored tape. Far from a fashion statement, Kinesio Tape or “K-tape” was developed in 1979 by Dr. Kenzo Kase to help the body reduce muscle fatigue and swelling, increase circulation, and help the body heal itself while allowing a wide range of movement. Many athletes question why they should use Kinesio Tape, and I feel the answer is obvious. Imagine a strategically placed sling or brace that gave you all the support for an over-worked muscle but didn’t restrict movement for the entire muscle group, that’s what K-tape does. It relieves muscle strain and aches while allowing the athlete to continue training more than using traditional stabilization methods. Not sure what K-tape can do for you? Here are the major benefits of the technology: Muscle Support Proper taping improves the muscle’s ability to contract even when it’s weakened, reduces a feeling of pain and fatigue, and protects the muscle from cramping, over-extension and over-contraction. Improves Range of Motion When enough tension is applied, K-tape stimulates functional and mechanical corrections, improving range of motion and adjustment misalignment that result from tightened muscles. Improves Circulation and Reduces Inflammation Kinesiology tape improves blood and lymphatic circulation and reduces inflammation and excess chemical buildup in the tissue. Pain Relief The tape facilitates the body’s own healing mechanisms by mimicking the qualities of the skin. When the right amount of tension is applied, it allows blood & lymph to flow, reducing swelling and pain. Ready to try Kinesio Tape? First and foremost, K-Tape should be applied by a professional with a background in athletic training and recovery therapy. One such place in SWFL is MOVADRIA. MOVADRIA is dedicated to supporting athletes of all types and they have all the right tools when it comes to keeping you on the road to all of your fitness and athletic goals. They are experts in applying Kinesio Tape and will absolutely speed up your recovery times no matter how hard you train. Give them a call today at 239-919-8146 or check out all the other services they offer at movadria.com.