While the use of kinesiology tape is often associated with elite athletes, medical professionals have been using it to alleviate a wide variety of ailments, not just sports injuries.
- Reduces pain and swelling after an injury.
- It is the preferred therapy for spinal pain within the first 72 hours.
- Cold reduces the flow of fluid into tissues and slows the chemicals that inflame and cause pain.
- Cold decreases swelling and bleeding and nerve ending conduction of pain impulses.
- Deep tissue cooling with ice diminishes muscle spasm by lessening muscle contraction.
- Heat is typically sedating due to its nature to decrease the transmission of pain signals and calm tense muscles.
- Heat enlarges blood vessels around a painful area, adding oxygen and nutrient flow to the muscles which aids in healing damaged tissue.
- Heat also reduces stiffness and increases flexibility which is most important in a healthy back to help you regain your quality of life.
Combining cryotherapy and thermotherapy is often preferred. This generates stimulation of blood flow by drawing blood into a swollen and painful area with heat and pushing out the blood with an ice pack application.