What’s that stuff do? Does it really work?
Those are the questions I get most of the time with people asking about kinesiotape. Soo… here we go.
- The tape lifts the skin off pain receptors to decrease pain.
- It also increases blood flow to the area to delay fatigue.
- Lymph flow will take toxins away from the injury and bring back fresh fluid back to accelerate healing time.
- The tape will act as a soft brace to make the joint feel supported through a movement.
Does it work? Well, for most people it will. Depends on the injury and how the tape is applied. You can apply the tape yourself with the instructions listed, but it is better to have it applied by someone who has experience. You don’t have to use the kinesiotape for just injuries. You can use it for tracking issues with knees and shoulders along with stabilizing different muscle groups through squats and the press.
There are other uses for the tape. Some use it for strapping on the hands for pullups and muscle ups. Others wrap it around the thumbs for when they use their hook grip for oly lifts.
Compression sleeves, socks, and pants are becoming popular within the CrossFit community for good reason. It’s a great way to keep the muscles warm while WODing or between skill work. The compression part of it also help with circulation of the blood and lymph flow for recovery.
RockTape has great sleeves for the calves. They protect the shins while doing oly lifts and with rope climbs. I bought a pair a month ago using Camille Leblanc-Bazinet’s promo code ‘Camille‘. If the code is still good, you will get 15% off. She is also a RockTape athlete. Use the link to the left of the blog for RockTape to check them out. Or go to RockTape.
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