Kinesiology Taping for Equine Health, Fitness, and Performance

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What is Kinesiology Tape?

Kinesiology tape is a breathable, stretchable, material, normally made of cotton or cotton blend. The elasticity does not limit the ability to facility power within the muscle groups and tissues.  The tape adheres to the skin with a medically approved, water-resistant adhesive. 

Kinesiology taping has been used on humans for over 25 years. It received substantial recognition during the 2012 Summer Olympics. Just as humans use the tape for training, horses can be ridden while taped. 

Kinesiology tape allows a full range of motion as it stabilizes and supports the muscles, tendons, and ligaments; therefore, promoting and improving the healing of soft tissue problems.  

There are a number of techniques that are implemented for taping, and each technique has a one-of-a-kind effect. The muscle can be taped to assist with pain and relaxation, as well as to lessen swelling caused by damage. 

There are five types of tapings that can be performed on horses:

1.  Pain reduction

2.  Support and aid joints or muscle groups.

3. Proprioception taping to enhance overall performance and reduce the risk of damage.

4. Energy Meridian Taping enhances the glide through the meridians for better health. 

How is kinesiology tape different from other tapes or wraps?

The tape stretches and it is flexible, the range of motion is not inhabited while presenting balance and aid. The tape interacts and lifts the pores and skin, in doing so it decompresses the tissue and allowed expanded blood glide and oxygenation. It allows for the decompression and recovery of tissue. By barely lifting the pores and skin, the tape permits expanded lymphatic absorption of the extra fluid, reducing bruising and swelling.