Brightly colored kinesiology tape does more than offer a bit of race-day flare. It actually helps ease aches and pains.
Over the past few years taping has grown in popularity, but many shy away from it because they either don’t know how to use it or the tape doesn’t stay put when running. The solution: learn how to tape correctly.
Kinesiology tape is made from elastic cotton fibers, which allows athletes to move without restriction, full range of motion, unlike regular athletic tape. It improves circulation, balances muscles, provides support and relieves pain, when applied correctly.
The main difference between taping and wearing a compression sleeve or wrap is the customization of the tape. Having the tape actually adhere to your own skin creates a customized support system that fits your body perfectly. Wearing compression sleeves or wraps can be helpful for certain conditions, however these compression sleeves and wraps are not made custom to fit any one individuals body.
GoTape, a newly launched kinesiology tape, shares with you proper techniques to tape common running injuries to help you ease pain and reduce inflammation and swelling to keep you moving all day long.
One of the most common injuries among runners, plantar fasciitis starts from the heel and lingers down the foot because of compensation. Taping the injured foot can help reduce swelling and reduce compensation, which can help you maintain your gait.
Do you feel discomfort around the outside of your knee? It may be due to a tight IT band, which is common from weak glutes and tight hips. If left untreated, it can cause major pain from your back to your feet. This taping technique will help take the pressure off of the IT band to help you focus on your run, not pain.
One of the most annoying pains a runner can experience is shin splints. The muscles, tendons and bones become overworked, usually from a change in routine or intensity, causing pain on the shins. Besides rest and reduced-impacted workouts, compression can help ease pain.