More about Kinesiology Taping
K -tape was officially introduced in the United Kingdom in 2004, although it has been become increasingly popular in recent years (especially the 2012 London Olympics), however it was first introduced in Japan in 1979 by a Japanese Chiropractor (Karloff and Bar-Sela, 2013).
Research surrounding the use of K-tape suggests that once applied the tape forms convolutions (as it is applied when the muscle is in a stretched position), which therefore increases the space between the skin and muscles. The lifting of the skin is thought to then result in the promotion of blood and lymphatic flow (Kase et al 2003 and Kase et al, 1998), which carries white blood cells through the body and removes waste products; consequently, it is designed to help the body’s natural healing process.
K-tape is different to the “traditional” sport taping method and tapes, as it does not immobilise or restrict the movements of the injured area – it can also last for as long as 7 days even with showering etc!
What is Kinesiology Taping used for?
K-tape can be used for a range of injuries from sporting to non-sporting such as:
- Back Pain
- Shin Splints
- “Dead Leg”
- Knee Injuries
- Ankle Sprains
- “Tennis Elbow”
And many more, and it may help you!
As part of this treatment, we will assess the need for the use of K-tape and what the best application of the tape will be for you to get maximum benefits. This can be booked as an add on to a sports massage or deep tissue massage treatment or as a stand-alone treatment.
Overall there is still a lot of research to be done around its benefits, however the positive effects that have been found and the feedback from those who use it cannot be argued with.
Ant was welcoming, took my pain history and talked me through what he was manipulating. Been having a lot of trouble with my left hip, went for a walk today and no hint of old pain. He sent me exercises to do after my appointment to continue to strengthen my problem areas. Will be booking again soon.
Ant is brilliant – he really knows anatomy and massage, and will not only fix you with his hands, but also send you exercises to help prevent issues reoccurring. In addition, you'll have a good chat, get film recommendations, and all with alt rock background music – far better than the usual ambient pan pipe nonsense. Highly recommended!
Ant is brilliant ! He has the knowledge of a great physio combined with strong and targeted massage technique that just works and gets me moving again ! Turned up with a sore kneee that wouldnt bend left completely fine and fixed plus a clear understanding of what had caused the problem. He even emailed me exercises later that day to help avoid future problems. Cannot recommend enough !! Thanks Ant !
Really good massage. I've been used to massage therapists just going in with their hands and not asking questions, but Jessika talked to me about my motivations for booking and then worked on the specific areas that needed it. I came out feeling like I had clouds for muscles, and my posture is already better. Amazing!
I’ve had chronic issues with my neck and back and I always leave Circle 8 feeling miles better. Ant is very knowledgeable and always makes sure to explain what may be causing the pain and discomfort. He is brilliant at what he does and is also really friendly. Definitely would recommend!
Circle8 is top notch for any niggles you might have, however big or small. Ant and the team are mega knowledgeable, they can feel exactly where you pain might be coming from, release your tension professionally, and even offer follow up exercises and mobility work to treat and prevent further issues. I’d highly recommend them to anyone looking for sports massage in Leeds city centre.
Best massage ive ever had. Ant is really friendly, great to chat to on the more painful areas of the massage and excellent aftercare advice. Wish I'd have found this place sooner! Cannot recommend enough, will definitely be back!
When you come for a massage at Circle8 we don’t just treat your issue and send you away, we find out exactly which movements and muscles are causing it, explain to you what’s actually happening, give you exercises in the gym and at home that you can do to help alleviate and eventually get rid of your issue.
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