In Tape We Trust

I am always looking to increase my knowledge and add tools to my bag. This November I am participating in a Kinesio taping course (sports tape/athletic tape) covering the fundamentals and advanced techniques into the application of KT. How does KT tape work?

When an area of the body is injured through impact or over-use, the lymphatic fluid builds up causing inflammation and swelling. This accumulation of lymphatic fluids may cause increased pressure on muscles and tissue which can cause significant discomfort or pain.

It is believed that when applied correctly, KT Tape lifts the skin, decompressing the layers of fascia, allowing for greater movement of lymphatic fluid which transports white blood cells throughout the body and removes waste products, cellular debris, and bacteria.

Why use KT tape? KT Tape helps reduce pressure to the tissue and may reduce discomfort or pain. Correct taping also provides support to muscles by improving the muscle’s ability to contract, even when it is weak, and helps the muscle to not over-extend or over-contract. Who can use KT tape?Whether you are training for your first marathon, getting ready for your first game, reaching a personal fitness goal, or just trying to get through the day, nothing slows you down more than pain and injury. KT Tape is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and can be used for hundreds of common injuries such as lower back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, sprained ankles, and tennis elbow—just to name a few. KT Tape provides pain relief and support.The use of KT tape alongside Sports massage can be extremely complimentary and in turn, the results can be much more significant. This can increase the recovery stage much faster and get you back to what you love doing.

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Russ Haydn

Russ Haydn

Ex-armed forces Russ Ritchie-Haydn heads the team at RH Sports Massage. With a background in power lifting he has always had a strong interest in human physiology and body mechanics. Using his experience within the fitness industry along with Level 4 Massage Qualifications, his aim is to help sports professionals and everyday people feel better, move freely and alleviate aches and pains using focussed massage techniques.