The use of KT tape for pain management is a topic of much debate. Some people swear by its efficacy, while others believe that it is nothing more than a placebo. So, what is the truth?
KT tape is a type of adhesive tape that is used to relieve pain in joints and muscles. It is said to work by lifting the skin away from the underlying tissue, which allows for better blood circulation and reduced inflammation.
There is some evidence to support the use of KT tape for pain relief. A study published in the Journal of Athletic Training found that KT tape was effective in reducing pain and improving function in people with knee osteoarthritis.
However, there is also some evidence that KT tape may be no more effective than a placebo. A study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences found that KT tape had no significant effect on pain, function, or range of motion in people with chronic shoulder pain.
So, what does this all mean? KT tape may provide some pain relief for people with certain conditions, but it is by no means a miracle cure and not a replacement for long-term treatment.
How to apply?
Different healthcare professionals may have slightly different ways to apply the KT tape depending on what outcome is desired, however here are some general guidelines on how to apply KT Tape if you are doing so at home:
- Make sure the skin is clean, dry, and free of oils, lotions, or makeup before applying the tape.
- Cut the tape to the desired length and shape.
- Peel off the backing of the tape and apply it to the skin.
- Gently rub the tape to help adhere it to the skin.
For more specific instructions on how to apply KT Tape for different injuries and conditions, please consult a healthcare professional.
Can it improve joint pain?
There is some evidence that KT tape can help with joint pain. A study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research found that KT tape was effective in reducing pain and improving function in people with knee osteoarthritis. Another study in the International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy found that KT tape helped reduce pain and improve range of motion in people with shoulder pain.
Can it improve the appearance of bruises?
KT Tape is a product that is designed to help with bruising. It is a special kind of tape that is made to be applied to the skin. The tape is applied to the affected area and then left on for a period of time. The tape is said to help reduce the appearance of bruises by helping to increase blood flow to the area. Additionally, the tape can also help to reduce pain and swelling associated with bruises. The picture above is typically how KT tape is applied over bruising.
In conclusion, KT tape can help manage pain, but it is not a cure. If you have persistent pain, it is best to see a medical professional. KT tape can help manage pain from bruises and other joint issues, but it is not a substitute for medical treatment. Keep up-to-date on information on how to manage pain through MSK blogs.