If you are an athlete, dancer or fitness enthusiast, you are no stranger to sore muscles and achy joints. They come with the territory, an inevitable side effect of using your body to its fullest capacity.
To minimize pain and maximize performance, many physically active people turn to NSAIDs for inflammation and pain relief. However, excessive ongoing use of these over-the-counter drugs can lead to gastro-intestinal damage, and kidney and heart failure.
Athletic taping (commonly referred to Kinesio taping) offers a non-invasive solution to muscle and joint pain and inflammation, with no lingering side effects.
The Top 5 Benefits of Kinesio Taping Include:
Pain Relief: Kinesio tape does not contain medications or topical substances, yet it is effective in relieving both acute and chronic pain. The tape’s elasticity lifts the skin, reducing pressure on sensitive pain receptors and blocking pain signals to the brain.
Reduced Inflammation: Kinesio taping takes pressure off of lymphatic drainage channels, facilitating the removal of fluids and waste products from in an injured or swollen area.
Accelerated Recovery: Blood often accumulates beneath the skin from bruising. Correct taping patterns can lift the skin to speed up healing from bruises.
Relief from Muscle Spasms: Overused and fatigued muscles tend to spasm, creating discomfort. Taping can enhance circulation, improving the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to tired achy muscles, to eliminate spasms and cramps.
Support of Injured Muscles and Joints: Athletic tape’s unique elastic properties and precise application techniques provide support to injured muscles and joints, while allowing for full range of motion, enabling you to remain active while injured.
Joint and Muscle Support at Physical Therapy Brooklyn
Learning to use Kinesio tape effectively is important if you want to realize its full benefits. The physical therapy team at Physical Therapy Brooklyn works regularly with active and athletic populations. We can work with you to show you strategies for minimizing pain and inflammation, and maximizing performance. Contact Physical Therapy Brooklyn today and learn how we can help you perform at your very best.