Summarize this content material to 1000 phrases Howdy, whats up, and welcome to a different episode of Muscle for Life. I’m your host, Mike Matthews. Thanks for becoming a member of me at present for a comparatively brief however informative exploration of kinesiology tape. What’s it? What’s it good for? What’s it not good for? And by the way in which, simply so what the phrase means, kinesiology is just the scientific examine of physique motion, of the mechanics of how the physique strikes. And the rationale I wished to file this episode is, I haven’t spoken about this in any respect. I feel I’ve written about it over at legionathletics.com over on the weblog, however I’ve not spoken about it. And it’s one thing that I do get requested about, particularly during the last couple of years or so, as a result of as KT Tape, because it’s typically known as, has gained traction in sports activities drugs. In bodily remedy, it has additionally grow to be extra prevalent and extra fashionable amongst influencers, notably mobility and suppleness influencers, and influencers who, I suppose you may say, may name themselves train hackers, who promote uncommon, unique varieties of workouts and train routines as efficient, or more practical than conventional train, and so forth. And so, as a consequence of all that, we are actually seeing increasingly on a regular basis health folks taping themselves up earlier than they work out, or typically after they work out, typically on their energetic restoration days, and so forth. And thus, I believed it could be useful to file a fast episode on KT Tape, and to undergo the analysis on its purported advantages, so you possibly can perceive whether or not you must think about mummy wrapping your self. Okay, so let’s begin with a quick definition of phrases right here. What’s kinesiology tape? It’s additionally known as Kinesio tape or KT tape. And it’s merely a powerful and stretchy tape, an adhesive tape which you could persist with your physique or persist with different issues. And it’s used usually in sports activities drugs. It’s utilized in bodily remedy. It’s normally latex free. It’s normally waterproof. It’s typically constructed from cotton and Nylon and in contrast to conventional athletic tapes that are typically thick and restrictive, KT tape is uniquely versatile and so that permits limbs which might be taped up or permits your joints to maneuver by a full vary of movement whereas experiencing elevated ranges of pressure. Produced by the taping. Now, what’s that purported to do precisely? Why may that be good? Nicely, the commonest idea is that once you stretch the tape and then you definitely apply it to your physique, it exerts a suction like drive that lifts the pores and skin, and it creates house between your pores and skin and the tissues beneath. And proponents of that idea will say that it produces three advantages. One, it could assist create house in your joints. So making use of the tape to the joints might improve the house in that joint, which then can stop bones and tendons and different delicate tissues from rubbing collectively and inflicting ache. One other purported profit is that KT taping can improve circulation and lymphatic drainage. And by doing these issues, In flip, you possibly can expertise diminished swelling and diminished fluid buildup within the taped areas of your physique. And at last, the third profit, uh, at the very least theoretical advantage of KT tape is that it could alter ache alerts. And the way this may increasingly work is by assuaging the compression that’s brought on by swelling, as a result of swelling compresses receptors in your pores and skin and that then sends alerts to your mind which might be interpreted as ache. And in the event you tape some space of your physique, it’s lifting the pores and skin away from the tissues beneath, which may relieve the compression and thereby relieve the ache. And in order that’s principally how KT tape is meant. to work. However what does the scientific analysis must say? Nicely, let’s begin with muscle and joint stability. Widespread claims made to widespread advertising claims made to promote KT tape. And the thought right here is that the tape is sturdy. It’s stretchy. You set it in your physique in sure methods and that may then help muscular tissues which might be fatigued. It may possibly help unstable joints, in order that they transfer extra effectively and successfully. And there’s some advantage right here. For example, in a single examine, researchers discovered that the elasticity of kinesiology tape acted like a rubber band when utilized to runners’ thighs, serving to them keep their stride size when fatigued. You possibly can expertise the same impact. with knee sleeves once you’re squatting, which I usually like to make use of not for this rebound impact, which has been proven in analysis, by the way in which, these sleeves do seem to barely enhance squat efficiency. And one of many causes might be due to the rebound impact that you just expertise as you’re popping out of the opening, however that’s not. essentially why I put on them. I put on them simply because my knees really feel extra snug all through my exercise after I’m carrying the sleeves. Perhaps there’s a little bit little bit of a placebo impact there, however there is also heat. So the knee sleeves hold your joints, hold your knees heat, and that feels higher once you’re squatting heavy particularly than in case your knees are form of cooling off in between units. And the sleeves additionally do make my knees simply really feel Extra steady. They really feel rock stable after I’m squatting, particularly after I’m squatting heavy. And that’s to not say that knee sleeves are important or that squatting heavy with out knee sleeves is harmful and even non optimum. I identical to how my knees really feel greatest. when I’m carrying knee sleeves. So I’ll normally put on knee sleeves when I’m coaching my decrease physique. However anyway, coming again to KT tape, the thought right here is comparable in that you’ve got this elastic tape that has some power that it absorbs if you end up shifting your limbs by full ranges of movement. And that Then can help the exercise that you just’re doing. On this case, it’s operating, however you may have related results with different varieties of workouts. And if we take a look at different research on the matter, we see that Kinesio tape might help help injured joints, serving to individuals transfer their injured joints extra freely. And that may then assist them get well quicker as a result of, after all, the primary key to recovering from an harm. is motion is train. It’s not resting and icing and immobilizing and simply ready for the harm to magically disappear. That usually doesn’t work. Generally you do want to use some ice and a few relaxation and a few immobilization, however you need to get again to exercise as quickly as you possibly can. Now, after all, you don’t need to get again to actions which might be going to irritate the harm or reactivate the harm. So it’s important to go about it. However, usually talking, motion is what helps heal, not immobilization. And so then, KT Tape seems to be useful on this regard as a result of it could assist you transfer the injured. Joints extra freely and extra successfully, which once more goes to assist with restoration. Do you know that you just don’t want dietary supplements to construct muscle, lose fats, and get wholesome? 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Ep. #1133: What Does Kinesiology Tape Do and Does It Actually Work?
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