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Know The Benefits Of Kinesio Taping

Nov. 4th 2014

dynamic functional bandage with tapingSports fans may be noticing a lot of their favorite athletes these days are sporting various strips of brightly colored tape on different parts of their bodies. They are not simply displaying the latest fashion trend, but are benefiting from Kinesio taping.

Kinesio taping, which has been around for more than three decades, is quickly gaining in popularity for use by people suffering from sports injuries or musculoskeletal and inflammatory conditions. Many athletes find the tape also improves their performance on the field. It also can help prevent injuries or allow them to return to play more quickly.

First adopted by the Japanese Olympic team and other professional athletes in the 1980s, Kinesio taping uses a thin, elastic cotton strip that has acrylic adhesive to stick to the skin in patterns that will speed recovery from trauma or will help prevent injuries. The tape has been shown to help with a variety of conditions. Also, because the tape can be left on the skin for up to five days, its benefits are available around the clock.

Kinesio taping helps relieve pain through mechanisms both physical and neurological in nature. The tape has a lifting action on the skin, providing direct relief to pain receptors located there. It also can help with chronic pain by stimulating the nerve fibers, which is an action that can be useful for persistent pain that may exist after an injury has healed.

dynamic functional bandage with tapingBy reducing pressure and enhancing circulation, Kinesio taping also has been shown to be effective in reducing swelling, bruising, and inflammation and to relieve or prevent cramping or muscle spasms. This is true in the case of overused muscles, which can benefit from the tape encouraging the removal of lactic acid and other byproducts of exercise. This will allow for a faster rebound from high activity or endurance events.

Athletes have found that Kinesio taping will enhance the muscle tone and strength in muscles that already have been injured, allowing them to remain active. Because the tape has the same flexibility and thickness of skin, it does not constrict their range of motion and will not interfere with their activities.

For those who are not athletes, this aspect of Kinesio taping means they will be able to perform exercises that will improve their condition and to continue with most of their daily activities. The support and enhanced muscle tone the tape offers has been used to help children with hypotonia, or extremely poor muscle tone, which hinders their ability to crawl, roll over, or sit up.

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The Role of Physical Morality

Aug. 20th 2013

When we consider the term health, we usually define it as the absence of disease or illness. If our doctors have not diagnosed us as being sick and as long as we generally feel OK while going about our daily activities, we consider ourselves to be healthy. It is important to remember, however, that our mental and emotional health play a large role in our physical health as well.

Physical morality can be defined as having a sense of duty that drives you to take care of your body. In many cases, we abuse our bodies by treating them poorly or by skipping out on preventative measures. We neglect our own health through a poor diet, smoking, skipping sleep, addictions and not getting enough exercise. We continue these habits until it is too late, and we are no longer healthy.

If we have a sense of duty to keep ourselves healthy for our family, friends, career or higher power, we are more driven to actually maintain a healthy lifestyle. Keeping ourselves strong mentally, physically and emotionally should be our prime objective in life, both for ourselves and for those we love.

Listening to Your Body’s Messages

Your health is the most important thing you have, and you have a lot of control over your physical well-being. Your lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and even attitude are all under your control, and they all contribute greatly toward your health. In order to remain healthy, you must be dedicated to allocating time and energy to your body and mind.

When you aren’t eating well, getting around well and thinking clearly, your body gives you signals to indicate that it needs your help to stay healthy. Many times we still don’t truly hear these messages, though. Instead, we wait until we are in pain or already suffering from a disease before we decide it is time to take care of ourselves. At that point, we visit a doctor and either begin physical therapy or are prescribed drugs with a list of side effects that are longer than the list of symptoms we are suffering from.

Understanding Your Body

In recent years, a new term has emerged in alternative medicine to describe illnesses that are caused by stress and negative thinking. They are known as emotionally-induced diseases. Developing these issues are a sign of ill health, and also serve as a message to rethink your sense of physical morality. Emotionally-induced diseases, according to research, include headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure, backaches, skin issues, mental health strains and ear, nose and throat issues.

No one can tell you if you are healthy or sick. It is a personal feeling and must be a personal determination. However, you also hold the power to maintain your health or to prevent future health issues. You have a duty to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible for both yourself and for those around you.

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