When an area in your body is injured, it typically feels sore, swollen or stiff. Often, due to the inflammation and swelling, there is a build-up of fluid around or inside it. With normal joint movement, the fluid and blood in our tissue circulates and give our tissue the nutrients it needs. However, if there is a build up of fluid, it causes pain due to the increased pressure. The extra fluid build-up prevents normal cellular healing, because dead cells can’t be carried away or white blood cells can’t reach the area.
It is a known fact that circulation improves with movement. So, when KT tape is applied, it causes a lifting effect in your skin and superficial layers of tissue, which encourages the normal exchange of fluid on a cellular level and decreases a build-up. Ultimately, this eases your pain and speed up your tissue’s recovery.
In the presence of pain – Motor neurons shuts down
When tissue is injured, chemical and nerve signals to the area is diminished. A protective mechanism kicks in where the small nerve endings called motor neurons lag to fire. These motor neurons are the plugs that controls the muscle contraction, and when these motor neurons delays firing up the muscle, we get unsynchronized muscle contractions. Your body automatically detects a problem and recruits muscles surrounding the injured site, leading to more load on these structures including ligaments, joints and muscles.
Kinesiology tape is designed in a wave form that mimics the facia and pattern of recruitment, to stimulate and activate these motor neurons – even then pain is there. This minimizes the compensation.
In a normal system, Kinesiology tape is used to activate these motor neurons to enhance a particular pattern of movement up to 2% more muscle power. It might not sound like much, but the compound effect is quite surprising. Two percent faster, further, stronger.