What's the Deal with All the Tape??

“The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.”

Seems like some pretty lofty promises and expectations to me.

Pros: I like the idea of helping to facilitate the natural healing process of the body, which is really awesome. Our bodies have an innate force to be able to put themselves back together, given its in the right healing environment.

Cons: The quote itself, “allowing support and stability to the muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion.”

Very interesting and thought provoking…

Although we all hate being in pain, it serves as a very basic survival instinct to tell our brain that we are doing something that is potentially damaging.

So what is the Kinesio Taping world’s response to that pain???

Let’s slap some tape on that area that is hurting (most likely from being overloaded anyways) and alter that pain feedback so we can have a full range of motion without the input that this actually hurts.

Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

Most practitioners think in a very closed minded perspective and never truly figure out why the pain is actually there. They just want something easy in the acute and could care less of the potentially disastrous consequences that come with overloading an already damaged tissue.

Another qualm with the taping world is the fact that anyone can buy it from the drugstore and put it on themselves with very minimal training. That seems to add to the lack of credibility of all of it.

The only time I would ever recommend using any type of taping is during a high stakes athletic competition where a lot is on the line. The athlete must also be aware of the potential ramifications of loading the damaged tissue for a prolonged period of time. This goes into a big risk/reward for the athlete.

So if you’re just an everyday normal athlete or recreational lifter who is experiencing pain during activity then do yourself a favor and avoid the tape all in itself.

Respect the body and it’s pain signals.

Get to a practitioner who actually knows what they are doing and get your problem fixed. Ignoring it or fighting through it is not worth banging up your body for the rest of your life.

In closing, don’t be that guy/girl that thinks it looks cool to use the tape; you are just setting yourself up for something bad.