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Kinesiology taping? For horses?

Kinesiology - the study of motion/of muscles, bones, tendons, and ligaments. The study of motion is an extremely important aspect of physiotherapy and rehabilitation. The two parts of medical-scientific kinesiology are functional anatomy and biomechanics. Functional anatomy is the structure of the musculoskeletal system as well as the connection between them. Biomechanics focuses on the interaction of the structures and the dependence and effectiveness of each other. The taping supports and improves movement; however, it is a modality best used after the massage, stretching, mobilization, or activation.

What is kinesiology taping? Kinesiology taping was developed by chiropractor, Dr. Kenzio Kase somewhere between 1969 and 1979 to support his chiropractic treatments. We know that light, moderate and controlled movement is the best for healing tendons, ligaments, and muscles; kinesiology does just that. The tape allows for a full range of motion while stabilizing the tendons and ligaments.

How it works

The tape has an elasticity of 180%, the amount of elasticity that gives support for muscle activation and does not restrict movement. The tight weave and good quality of the tape provide high tensile strength and a comfortable feel.

If there is a lot of stretch on the tissue, applying kinesiology tape with little to no stretch causes a lifting structure that decompresses the tissue and fascia between the skin and muscle. This creates 3 effects:

  1. Fluid effect - by causing decompression, the tape creates a normal fluid flow. The swelling is able to flow out of the area, as well as any toxins that have resulted from the inflammation and injury.

  2. Mechanical effect - The layers of tissue between the skin and bone are returned to a more normal "slide and glide mechanics."

  3. Neurological effect - Pain generated by muscle contraction is eased by the decompression of the space. There is less pressure on the nerve endings and in many cases, the pain is completely stopped.

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