By Wayne Hansen, D.C.
In chiropractic school I took every course I could on Kinesio Taping (elastic therapeutic tape), I have seen it help with many different injuries. But one of the lesser known uses of Kinesio tape is for recovery. One of the basic ideas behind Kinesio is adding blood to the area you are taping. Enhanced circulation helps deliver oxygen, nutrients and accelerates the removal of waste products. This can help prevent or relieve spasms or cramps in overused muscles. Also the tape can be left on for up to 5 days, meaning the therapeutic benefits are available 24 hours a day, significantly accelerating the healing process and recovery. I would suggest making Kinesio taping part of your recovery, especially after a hard day.
Wayne Hansen, D.C. is a Chiropractic Physician practicing at Solutions Clinic in Cottonwood Heights. He specializes in treatment of athletes, particularly cyclists. [email protected]