How Kinesiology Tape Helps with Lymphatic Drainage
What is the Lymphatic System?
Similar to the circulatory system of blood vessels that carry blood, the lymphatic system consists of lymph vessels that carry lymphatic fluid. The two systems are intertwined throughout the body, with the circulatory system delivering oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and the lymphatic system removing substances, including excess fluids, cellular debris and infectious organisms. Another difference between the two systems is that while the heart pumps blood through the circulatory system, the lymphatic system doesn't have a pump. Instead, it relies on other mechanisms such as osmotic pressure and muscle action to move fluids through its vessels. The lymphatic system is the main mechanism for reducing swelling and edema in the body.
How Does Kinesiology Tape Help with Lymphatic Drainage?
When kinesiology tape is applied to an inflamed or swollen area, the lifting motion of the tape creates a space between the top layer of skin and the underlying tissues. This space creates a pressure gradient between this area and the surrounding tissues that allows fluids to move into the lymphatic vessels and be eliminated from the body. In addition, enhanced muscle activation increases the muscle pump pushing more fluid through the lymphatic vessels. The result? Swelling goes down, pain is relieved, and the healing process is accelerated.
Kinesiology Tape “Fan Strips” for Lymphatic Drainage
To reduce swelling and edema, you need a specialized type of kinesiology tape called fan strips or edema strips. These strips have a short solid end with the rest of the tape separated into thin strips. They are called fan strips because they are applied in a fan-like pattern over the area of swelling or bruising. This lifts the skin over the lymphatic channels in the area, assisting them in removing excess fluids. These precut strips can safely and gently relieve swelling from surgery, medical conditions or injuries, including swollen feet and ankles, sprains, lymphedema, and ankle edema related to pregnancy or congestive heart failure.
Although focused on Kinesio Taping for lymphedema and severe swelling, this manual also covers basic taping techniques for common injuries. The most recently-published manual, it is beautifully illustrated, with simple, step-by-step, full color instructions.
This manual is recommended for individuals with a good understanding of anatomy and medical terminology or experienced professionals who have been trained in the Kinesio® Taping Method.
8.5" x 11" softcover, spiral bound 172 pages with color photos
Chapter List 1. Understanding Lymphoedema and Chronic Swelling 2. Fundamentals of Kinesio Tex Taping 3. Kinesio Taping for Acute Localized Swelling 4. Kinesio Taping of the Deep Lymphatic Pathways for Chronic Swelling 5. Kinesiio Taping of the Collector Lymphatics for Acute or Chronic Swelling 6. Kinesio Taping of the Superficial Lymphatic Pathways for Chronic Swelling 7. Kinesio Taping for Pitting Oedema, Indurated Tissue, Scar Tissue and Chronic Venous Conditions
Kinesiology tape edema strips are used to reduce swelling, edema, bruises and contusions. Also called fan cuts, these precut strips have several thin "tails" connected to a solid anchor end. The individual tails are positioned over an area of swelling with the anchor end in the vicinity of lymphatic drainage ducts. The tape gently lifts the skin, allowing fluid to drain away from the swollen area through the lymphatic system. This variety pak provides a selection of precut edema strips in assorted lengths and widths from 3 different manufacturers, allowing you to experiment to see which style is best for your condition. If you're not sure which brand or size is right for you, this is a great product to start with. Each pak contains:
Recovery from wounds after injuries or surgery can be complicated by swelling and the development of scar tissue. Kinesio Taping post-wound can enhance lymphatic flow to decrease swelling, leading to pain relief and increased rehabilitation potential. Management of scars is often overlooked when treating pain, swelling, decreased range of motion, contractures, and cosmetic appearance of the skin. Scar tissue can significantly disrupt how our bodies function. Using Kinesio® Tex Tape is one of the easiest and inexpensive ways of treating scars. Its unique elastic qualities not only assist scars to mature, allowing the collagen to become more parallel, but it can also assist scars to release adhesions. Both new and old scars can be treated with Kinesio Tape with changes noted as early as 24 hours in mobility, adhesion and color. Scar management with Kinesio Tex Tape is gentle with quick and significant results.
The SpiderTech Ankle Spider is a precut kinesiology tape for the calf, Achilles tendon and sole of the foot. It begins on the back of the leg below the knee and extends over the Achilles tendon, heel and sole of the foot. It can help with:
strained or pulled calf muscles
cramps/spasms in the calf or foot
plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, foot pain
plantaris tear or rupture
Achille's tendon enthesopathy
posterior shin splints
muscle, ligament or tendon injuries to the calf or foot
recovery from surgery
* Contains 1 single-use application with 3-5 day wear time.
Y-strips are used to provide both support and pain relief for injured muscles and joints. The base of the Y is applied at either the top or bottom of the injured muscle or joint, then the two arms are applied around the borders. Select a size large enough to surround at least 80% of the injured area.
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