For this month's Fun
Fact Friday, we are going to discuss one of the lesser known benefits of
Kinesiology tape: swelling reduction and accelerated recovery from bruising.
Kinesiology tape, or K-tape, is probably more commonly known for allowing
athletes to remain active while injured by supporting injured muscles and
joints without limiting their range of motion. While it also helps with pain
relief, speedier recovery of overused muscles, and enhancing strength in weak
muscles, we are going to focus on improvement of swelling and bruising and
illustrate this phenomenon with a case example.
How does Kinesiology taping improve swelling and
To understand how Kinesiology
taping helps with swelling and bruising, you first need to know the role of the
lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a drainage system in our body that
removes substances, such as excess fluid and infectious organisms, and is our
body's main tool to help reduce swelling. When the tape is applied to a swollen
or bruised area, the lifting motion of the tape creates a space between the top
layer of the skin and underlying tissue. This then creates a pressure gradient
between this area and surrounding tissue allowing fluid to move into the
lymphatic system and be eliminated from the body.
pictures will illustrate a case example of how Kinesiology taping can
accelerate recovery from bruising and swelling. This fellow employee fell onto
a rock, resulting in a large bruise on the outside of her right hip and thigh.
If you have any questions on Kinesiology taping
or any of our other physical therapy techniques, contact us at one of our 7
clinics to set up an appointment with one of our physical therapists. 225-927-9185