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  • Writer's pictureKaye Cheong

The science behind taping : Why do athletes have them on? by Physio Jesse Hannah

Kinesio tape is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton tape that has been used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries.

Due to how identical it is to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, Kinesio tape does not bind or restrict movements, instead it helps increase range of motion.

How does it work?

During or after an injury, pain receptors sitting closer to the top of the skin are fired up. The compression increases pressure deep between the fascia and the inflamed muscle, reducing blood flow and lymphatic drainage. This complicates and slows down healing.

After Kinesiotaping


The lifting action of taping decompresses the layer close to the surface of the skin. This enhances blood flow and lymphatic drainage which is KEY in making the healing process more efficient.

Whether it is to recover from injury or supporting body structure, kinesiotaping is widely used as it is non-invasive and easy to apply. The tape usually stays on well for 3-4 days and is water resistant.

Have you tried taping for your pain?

Are you suffering from one of more of these?

  • Sprains/ strains

  • Edema/ swelling

  • Arthritis and bursitis

  • Back pain/ Neck pain

  • Sports Injuries

  • Muscle weakness/ Imbalance

Why not give kinesiotaping a go and see the difference?

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