Most likely in sporting events you have seen many runners or players, with colored ribbons on their back, knees or thighs; all placed in a very original and striking way.
Did you really know that sports tape is not only 25 years old, but extremely useful for recovering and avoiding injuries?
The neuromuscular bandage or kinesiotape was invented in Japan 25 years ago, but it is today that its marketing and use have spread not only throughout the world, but to all sports, benefiting not only professionals in the field. sport high-level, but the ordinary recreational athlete seeking physiological improvement.
This tape is generally made up of an adhesive structure based on cotton (although there are synthetic fibers), very flexible and resistant to water. It has several 2 essential functions:
- Treatment of muscle, joint, and ligament injuries
- Reduction of inflammation
The tape is a way to limit and correct the biomechanics of the joints in a non-invasive way, allowing free movement of the joints. Joints, and muscles, but assisting and releasing tension to them, allowing lymphatic drainage. It serves as a support and at the same time as a corrective.
At the same time, psychologically it also gives the athlete a feeling of tranquility while they can perform physical activities without feeling "trapped" by other, more invasive bandages.
If, on the other hand, for example if you are a runner, you have movement mechanics problems that affect your knees, the tape works as an additional support that helps prevent injuries.
However, kinesio tape alone is not a substitute for a good physical therapist or sports orthopedist. In fact, it is they who must diagnose your injury or your biomechanical problem and tell you how you can use it, because for each injury, the tape is applied in a very different way.
In my personal case, when I ran half marathons I was left with knee pains. Once I went to the orthopedist, they did a study of the movement mechanics of the legs and the foot, and they determined that one foot was a little flatter than the other. That forced my knees out, and caused a strain on the ligaments that made me almost cry on completion. Today, with appropriate insoles, tape and shoes, there is no distance that makes my knees suffer.
Good exercise weekend. Get up and move!