K tape, all the rage but does it really work and what should we expect from it?


K tape,  all the rage but does it really work and what should we expect from it?

A few years ago  Asian athletes were competing in the Olympics with tape on their shoulders and other body parts.   Kinesio tape (K-tape) had begun its rise to mainstream acceptance within the athletic community.   Since then, other companies have tried to improve or imitate what it does.

Athletes reported less pain, were able to compete and they believed that the tape enhanced performance and reduced pain and injury.   Athletes are very superstitious and if they believe something helps them, they will use it.

Many chiropractors, therapists, and even trainers are now using this tape and are happy with the results.

A number of years ago, I took my first course in K-tape which showed us the rationale for using the tape.   The philosophy was that it is the thinking man’s tape and that less is more.   The tape, which has the properties of skin and has to be applied in a certain way is believed to help teach better motion while gently inhibiting painful motions.   Unlike other older taping methods, this non-obtrusive tape method is popular because it feels good while it is on, and changes painful patterns of movement while it is worn, something desirable during athletic events.

Image result for k tape on sacarsRecently, there have been a number of reports stating that although the tape does feel good while it is on, there is no research supporting that it has any long term benefits.   The tape can do remarkable things with injuries by cutting it into strips.   Apparently, it helps move swelling out of tissues much more rapidly than allowing the body to do this naturally, and it may have some application on the treatment of scars such as those from c sections. People who have tried it on ankle sprains and other injuries believe it helps speed recovery.

With regards to C section scars, there are reports that the proper application of K-tape can improve the flexibility and severity of the scarring, however, it may be only superficial, since many C – section scars do run deep into the mesentery.

It is my personal conclusion that K-tape is most helpful on-site at athletic events.   When used on problems in the arm, elbow, etc, the inhibition of painful movements can help during an event and help the athlete avoid injury.   On the other hand, to say it is curative is a stretch.

For lower back pain, K-tape is a helpful management tool for problems in the shoulder, feet, knees, and back, but is it curative, and can it truly make a lasting change to movement patterns?   Apparently, there is no proof that the tape can do this and the effect is merely temporary.   Since it can be worn for up to three days and you can even shower with it, sometimes, inhibiting painful movements can reduce inflammation naturally, so it can be a helpful tool in the management of a painful problem in a joint, but there is no proof that it should be used to cure or fix a problem.

Check out this interesting web site here

K-Tape: Generic Tape That Doesn”™t Fix Anything
Date: October 10, 2016
Author: thelogicofrehab

The Magic Show set the stage for a discussion of in vogue passive modalities. To kick off this multipart series, Kinesiology Tape (K-Tape) will be placed under the lens of scientific research. This discussion will be brief given the overwhelming amount of evidence demonstrating lack of efficacy of K-Tape.

Every two years the Olympics is host to some of the most pseudoscientific interventions capable of being imagined. Maybe because the stage is entertained with the highest level of elite athletes in the world, or thousands of hours have been dedicated to training and preparation for a few days of competition, or valuable endorsements are up for grabs ““ but the Olympics glamorizes athletes who cover themselves in pyrite while seeking gold, all the while not realizing they have been fooled.

This year, the Rio Olympics was no different. There were two controversial treatments televised: cupping (a topic for another blog) and athletes decorated with magical K-Tape traversing their bodies. For those unfamiliar, K-Tape is similar to duct tape, in that it offers endless brands and colors, and is a stretchy sticky substance meant to be applied to a surface  obviously the biggest difference is meant to prevent pipes from leaking, taillights from falling off, or keeping ammunition dry (the original purpose for its creation), and the other is being applied to various regions of a persons body in hopes of holding together the underlying structures.1

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