Kinesio taping is great for speeding up recovery and for pain relief. It can also be used as a support for lymph drainage.
Kinesio taping is application of stretchy kinesio tape on dry clean hairless skin over muscles or areas that need stimulation or relaxation and drainage. The desired effect depends on location and the way the tape is applied. When it is applied with minimal stretch on the skin, it stimulates the muscle over which it is placed, to increase in tone. On the other hand, if it is applied in a "crinckly" manner, it will relax the muscle in that area and drain it. Kinesio tape works through proprioception - sensation it creates over the area of the skin via skin cell receptors communicating with underlying muscle tissue.
Kinesio taping is an excellent supportive treatment for injuries such as carpal tunnel, lateral and medial epicondylitis and other minor sports and occupational injuries such as tendinitis, sprains, strains and muscular imbalances. Kinesio taping perfectly complements sports and deep tissue massage treatment plans and it is best combined with other massage therapies.