Kinesio Taping To Treat Common Running Injuries
Whether you are a seasoned marathoner, a recreational jogger or just recently strapped on your running shoes, you should consider ways to prevent injuries. A runner’s best course of action for injury prevention is proper preparation, including: checking with your doctor to ensure it is medically safe to begin or continue a running program, wearing appropriate footwear and preparing your muscles and cardiovascular system for the activity.
Even if you follow this advice, accidents and injuries can still happen. If an injury does occur, your physicians and therapists will suggest the best course of treatment, which may include the Kinesio Taping Method to help you return to function.
What is the Kinesio Taping Method?
The Kinesio Taping Method is the process of applying Kinesio Tex Tape – a lightweight cotton elastic tape – to the body in the manner to best address your injury and specific needs.
Kinesio Tex Tape is latex-free, safe for pediatric and geriatric populations, and can be used for a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The tape is applied by a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP) in a specific shape, direction and amount of stretch, to treat your individual needs.
What are some common running injuries that the Kinesio Taping Method can benefit?
- Shin splints
- Ankle sprains
- Achilles tendinitis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Iliotibial band friction syndrome
How does Kinesio Taping aid the healing of running injuries?
Kinesio Taping is known to aid healing, prevent further injury and help in the retraining phase of rehabilitation by:
- Reducing pain, inflammation and muscle fatigue
- Promoting circulation
- Supporting joints
Managing these factors will enable rehabilitation to progress more rapidly and help you return to running.