Turns down the volume on pain
Tape applied to the skin provides the brain with a different feedback that runs interference on pain. Ever whack your shin and rub it, and suddenly realize you feel better? Tape on the skin can interfere with painful signals which are directed to the brain. When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it does not produce the sensation of pain. When kinesiology tape is properly applied, many people call it “magic” or think that it fixed their injury instantly. In fact, it helps to change how your body interprets pain, turning down the pain “volume” that your body hears. Tape does so by affecting the nerve endings and different types of receptors in the skin of the injured area.
Decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation
When Kinesio/RockTape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This allows for greater blood flow to and from an area, all while allowing the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.
It does so by allowing congested or compressed blood vessels (capillaries, lymph vessels, arteries, veins) to flow more freely. It also creates more room in between layers of fascia, muscle, fat, skin, and other structures.
It delays fatigue
Research has shown that Kinesio/RockTape on skin can attenuate muscle fatigue. In rehab, this is very important, not only for the parts of your body that are currently hurting, but also for the surrounding areas as they help to pick up the slack for muscles that are currently not working well.
It normalizes muscle tone
When someone is injured, fatigued, sick, or inflamed, the symphony of muscle action that normally takes place with great accuracy often falls out of tune. This can happen all over the body. For instance, research has shown that people who sprain their ankle tend to have altered activity of their hip muscle as a result. Kinesio/RockTape helps bring dormant muscle back to life and help calm down the overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.
It spreads physical stress
Unlike conventional taping which is meant to prevent any movement at all, Kinesio/RockTape is meant to allow full movement of the taped area. Through elastic properties and quick recoil, Kinesio/RockTape can help distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones.