Help Prevent Infection With Kinesio Tape
There is a new, very thin, porous cotton fabric tape that is made with medical grade crylic adhesive on the market these days. This tape is called Kinesio Tape and is used to treat Lymphoedema. Lymphoedema is also called lymphatic obstruction and is a condition of fluid retention localised to a specific are of tissue. This local oedema is caused by a compromised lymphatic system. Because tissues with lymphoedema are at a higher risk of infection, kinesio tape is often a recommended therapy for the affected area. The tape is of an elastic style material that provides compression (which is important for lymphoedema) while actually improving circulation and still maintaining a reasonable level of easy mobility. Kinesio tape is lightweight and breathable and the special adhesive used allows patients to shower without needing to worry about their bandages falling off or coming loose.
Kinesio tape is specifically constructed to allow for a 30%-40% longitudinal only stretch and when adhered, it lifts the skin and supports the surrounding soft tissues. Kinesio tape is a revolutionary way of treating lymphoedema, it’s true, but it’s also becoming very popular for use by athletes. Its breathability and unique elastic qualities make it an ideal sports bandage as well. Some companies produce it in fun colours and of course, the standard white or black is normally easy to find. Due to its ability to compress while maintaining mobility and improving circulation; it’s an ideal sports tape for most athletes regardless of what area they need to treat.