Kinesiology Taping (otherwise known as K taping) can be used as tool to improve lymphatic flow and reduce pain/ discomfort, swelling and bruising.
It can be used for sports injuries, pregnancy support, post operative swelling, lymphoedema, as well as postural correction.
Research has found that kinesiology tape can help reduce joint oedema (swelling) and bruising.
The theory is that the elasticity of kinesiology tape lifts the skin away from the swollen tissue below by loosely "crinkling" the skin. This is known as a sub-dermal vacuum. The vacuum provides less physical resistance to the removal of the retained fluid by your lymphatic and venous drainage systems.
Kinesiology tape is different to “strapping” tape in both form and function.
Most types of strapping tape are non-elastic, and are wrapped tightly around an injured joint or muscle to provide rigid support and restrict movement. They can only be worn for short periods of time, after which they must be removed to restore movement and circulation.
Kinesiology tape has elastic properties that allow it to provide support and protection for muscles and/or joints, while still allowing a safe and functional range of motion.
Rather than being wrapped completely around injured joints or muscle groups, kinesiology tape is applied directly over and/or around the periphery of these areas. This non-restrictive type of taping allows most applications to be worn for 4-5 days to allow therapeutic benefits to accumulate.
Kinesiology tape can be worn during intense exercise, showering, bathing or swimming, and dries quickly after a quick pat with a towel.