Tape in massage
Tape in massage is a technique that is gaining popularity in the world of sports and physical therapy. It involves the application of elastic therapeutic tape, also known as kinesiology tape, to the skin to support muscles and joints during movement. This technique has been used to treat a variety of injuries and conditions, including muscle strains, sprains, and swelling.
The tape used in tape-in massage is made of elastic cotton with an adhesive backing. It stretches in length, but not in width, allowing it to conform to the curves of the body. The tape is breathable and waterproof, allowing it to stay in place for several days, even during activities such as swimming and showering.
The application of tape-in massage involves several steps. First, the area to be treated is cleaned and dried. Then, the tape is cut to the desired length and shape. The tape is then applied to the skin with a slight stretch, following the direction of the muscle fibers. The amount of stretch applied to the tape can vary depending on the desired level of support. The tape is usually left on for several days, or until it begins to peel off on its own.
One of the benefits of tape-in massage is that it can help reduce pain and inflammation in the affected area. The tape supports the muscles and joints, which can help relieve pressure and reduce swelling. This can help improve mobility and reduce the risk of further injury.
Another benefit of tape-in massage is that it can improve circulation and lymphatic flow. The tape can lift the skin slightly, which can help increase blood and lymphatic flow to the area. This can help flush out toxins and reduce inflammation.
Tape-in massage can also improve proprioception, or the body's ability to sense its position in space. The tape provides a tactile cue to the body, which can help improve body awareness and control. This can be especially helpful for athletes who need to maintain proper form and technique during training and competition.
Overall, tape-in massage is a safe and effective technique that can be used to treat a variety of injuries and conditions. It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before using this technique, as it may not be appropriate for everyone.