British Army Rugby Tour 2012
By Kate Slater | 09 May 2012

Try mending on the move!

You can�t have missed Kinesio Taping this year, both on and off the sports field!

Worn by the world�s top sports stars as well as amateur athletes to aid recovery and alleviate pain, Kinesio�s distinctive colours of blue, pink and black are now seen at most sporting events.

Notable rugby players that use Kinesio Taping are Rhys Priestland, Manu Tuilangi, Ben Youngs and Sergio Parisse.

Other well known stars of track and field who have been seen sporting the brightly coloured therapeutic tape are footballers David Beckham and Gareth Bale, tennis players Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, cyclist Lance Armstrong and golfer Rory McIllroy.

And at any charity run around the country, you�ll see runners taped from top to toe!

So where did it spring from? How does it work? And why is it so popular?

The Kinesio Taping technique was originally developed by chiropractor Dr Kenzo Kase in Japan over 30 years ago and was brought to the UK in 2007. Kinesio Taping has also been used for many years in the NHS for effective treatment of Lymphodema - swelling of the arms, hands and legs. The NHS uses a more subtle shade of beige Kinesio Taping.

Correctly applied, Kinesio Taping alleviates pain in muscular and joint injuries as well as reducing swelling and inflammation. It can effectively treat over 1200 conditions including torn hamstrings, lower back pain, runner�s knee, torn Achilles tendon, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even tension headaches. It�s now also being used successfully on horses after injury with remarkable results. Kinesio Taping is:

  • Simple and quick to apply
  • Reduces pain and swelling
  • Comfortable
  • Allows free range of movement (unlike other traditional forms of strapping)
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Waterproof � you can bathe, shower and swim whilst wearing it
  • Can be worn continuously for 5/6 days

Over 2,500 healthcare professionals have now been trained in Kinesio Taping techniques all over the UK, South Africa and India, as well as 200 physiotherapists from all UK Premiership football clubs.

Kinesio Taping is popular with sports people because, unlike traditional strapping that is designed to restrict the movement of affected muscles and joints, Kinesio Taping allows for a full range of motion, enabling you to continue training while you "mend on the move".

Mhairi Burke, Head Physiotherapist at Greenock Wanderers RFC says: �I have been treating rugby players with Kinesio Tape for three years on a range of injuries on the back, neck, quadriceps, calf and ankles. It significantly reduces recovery time, sometimes by at least a week or more. The players love it because of its bright colours, because they can shower and bathe whilst it�s in situ, and most importantly it means they can get back to full fitness and playing rugby far very quickly than with traditional methods.�

High Street store Boots is now selling "pre-cut" Kinesio Taping in convenient, light weight packs at £5.99 each for lower back, neck, shoulder, knee and foot injuries.

Word of warning: Kinesio Taping has become so popular recently that there are many inferior copycat products on the market, so beware and make sure you�re getting the right product or you may not get the best results. Always look for the Kinesio Taping © on the packaging of your product. For more information, please go to www.kinesiotaping.co.uk and www.kinesioprecut.co.uk

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