Kinesio Tape® – An Option for Injury Rehabilitation in Freehold, NJ
Kinesio Tape is an advanced rehabilitation tool utilized by the fitness experts at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ. Widely used since the 1970s for treating various orthopedic, neuromuscular, and neurological conditions, Kinesio Taping is now gaining popularity among athletes – including professionals, Olympians, collegiate competitors, marathoners, and weekend warriors – as well.
For the treatment of injured muscles and joints, Kinesio Taping can be an effective alternative to conventional strapping, which limits movement and often proves to be too restrictive in sports medicine applications. Specifically, a lack of movement can interfere with the recovery process by restricting the flow of lymphatic fluids below the skin. In contrast, Kinesio Tape is nonrestrictive and allows for a full range of motion.
Similar to the skin in terms of weight, thickness, texture, and elasticity, Kinesio Tape can be applied during any phase of recovery to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Relieve pain
- Relax overly taut muscles
- Facilitate or inhibit muscle activation
- Stabilize damaged tissue
- Support weakened ligaments and joints
Essentially, Kinesio Tape works by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting effect can increase the space available in fluid-filled areas, which in turn can promote lymphatic drainage and decrease inflammation. Depending on the desired outcome, an experienced practitioner at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold can apply different tensions to the tape in targeted areas. The resulting “fascia unloading” can shift pressure away from damaged tissues below the skin’s surface and stimulate natural healing.
If you’d like to learn more about Kinesio Tape, contact New Jersey Sports Medicine to schedule a consultation with a specialist at our office in Freehold, NJ. We often incorporate Kinesio Taping into comprehensive rehabilitation programs. For instance, this approach can be particularly effective for extending the effects of hands-on treatments, such as Graston Technique®, myofascial release, and cupping.