Kinesiology is the study of movement; there are many centuries detailing its various studies and schools. Kinesiology tape first appeared in the 1970's when a Japanese Chiropractor named Kenzo Kase recognized that his athlete patients needed more than just conventional sports tape to help them heal. He knew that they needed a tape that can stretch lengthwise without stretching in width. He began applying and documenting his finds, and today you can see many athletes wearing Kinesiology tape. Logically, it was only a matter of time before we began to apply it to our animal athletes.
Different than the bracing effect of traditional tape, kinesiology tape's distinctive stretch allows it move with the body. This is the only athletic tape that does not restrict range of motion in any way when it is applied. When applied to an animal, it mechanically decompresses the skin, fascia, and the lymphatic system. In Large and small animal applications, the tape lifts the hair, promotes increased blood and lymph (waste drainage) flow, and decreases inflammation. The tape acts as a natural pain reliever while promoting healing and restoring proper/more natural movement.
Equine Kinesiology Taping:
· Decompresses the tissue to increase blood flow
· Decreases muscle spasms, tension, soreness and trigger points
· Helps relax overused muscles
· Decreases fluid build-up/swelling
· Provides support to tendons, ligaments and joints
· Improve muscle/joint mechanisms
· Tissue decompression = pain relief
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