How does the tape work?
The tape is applied to the skin (on humans) or hair (on animals) over the affected area from one end of the muscle to the other. Once applied, it alleviates discomfort, increases proprioception, provides support and improves lymphatic and blood flow by lifting the skin. This lifting effect pulls or decompresses the skin and soft tissues thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation and pain.
Isn't it the same thing as sports tape?
No. Conventional athletic tape or bandages/wraps are designed to constrict and immobilize movement of muscles and joints. For this purpose several layers of tape or wraps must be rolled around the afflicted area, applying pressure, resulting in the obstruction of the flow of blood and lymphatic fluids, an UNDESIRABLE side effect. Kinesio taping is based on a different philosophy.
Is there medicine on the tape?
No. The tape is also hypoallergenic and latex free.
Can I ride my horse if he has the tape on?
Absolutely! The tape allows for full range of motion. If you are taped you can ride also! or play tennis, or volleyball, or go for a jog, even SWIM!, its breathable and WATERPROOF!
Can I apply the tape myself?
It is recommended that kinesiology tape be applied by a certified practitioner with knowledge of anatomy, physiology and the human and equine musculoskeletal system. After a few sessions with us, we will be more than happy to show you a few basic tapings that you can easily do yourself!
Can you show with Kinesiology tape on?
According to USEF Rule Book:
GR414.5 Prohibited Practices [CHAPTER Chapter 4 Drugs and Medications]
No kinesiotape or self-adhesive patches may be used on any horse while mounted at any time during competition. Kinesiotape and self-adhesive patches are permitted exclusively while the horse is unmounted in the stabling area. Nasal strips are permitted unless prohibited by specific division rules.
Are there any contraindications to having the tape applied?
Yes. We DO NOT tape when an infection is present, there are open wounds, malignant cancer, kidney disease or blood clots.
We use CAUTION and can tape when there is a fracture, surgical wound or a neurological condition. We recommend you consult with your veterinarian or general practitioner before these areas are considered for taping.
How should I prepare for a taping session?
We recommend that the area of taping be free from any oils, lotions or sprays. The tape may not stick as well to the area if it is not clean and dry. Horses must be bathed. If the horses coat is long or curly we may need to fully clip the area. I tell my clients that the tape sticks best when the hair is the length of your horses summer coat.
In people, depending on how much hair there is, we may need to shave the area. It is also recommended that the skin be free of any oils, lotions or sprays. Clean and dry is best!
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