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KT Tape

You may have been watching some sporting events recently and noticed the tape athlete’s use on various places on their bodies. This tape is called Kinesiology tape or KT tape and it has various potential health benefits. Although it is hard to prove actual benefits, many athletes and health professionals have shown that there are many benefits, which are listed below.

  • Reduced swelling and inflammation

  • Pain relief

  • Increased Strength in under-developed muscles

  • Allows for speedier recovery of overused muscles

  • Relieves muscle cramps and prevents muscles spasms

Now you may be asking how the heck does applying tape over my skin reduce pain or swelling? KT tape will gently lift the skin, which creates a space between the skin and inflamed tissue. The space allows for greater blood flow, which allows for more oxygen and nutrients to damaged areas. This means that you will heal faster and with less inflammation.

You may have noticed that KT tape is applied in many different ways and wonder how you would go about doing it yourself. For most athletes, the tape is applied by a trainer but with a little knowledge it can be applied by yourself and the more you do it, the more effective you will be at applying it. KT tape is not only for serious athletes and it can be beneficial to almost anyone. Whether you are a serious athlete or just trying to reduce that chronic knee pain, KT may be something to consider looking into.