The use of kinesiology tape among athletes is becoming more widespread these days. Bowling is no exception. Many bowling players have discovered the benefits this tape gives when muscles are in pain. But what is it and how does it work exactly? We'll dig into the basics of kinesiology tape use in this article.
What is a kinesiology tape?
Kinesiology tape, or K-tape for short, is a type of elastic tape developed by chiropractor Kenzo Case in the 1970s, who wanted a tape to support soft-tissue injuries without restricting the movement of the body. It is made of thin but strong and flexible cotton fabric which is adhered to the skin with medically approved, water and sweat-proof adhesive.
The main benefit for bowling players who use kinesiology tape, is that unlike elastic bandages or splints, it does not restrict body movements. Priority of the kinesiology tape is to support injured joints and muscles, to relieve pain and reduce swelling and inflammation.
How does kinesiology tape work and what are the benefits of it?
Kinesiology tape, when applied on the skin, creates a pressure, improving circulation of oxygenated blood and lymphatic fluids through the lymphatic system and blood vessels. Better circulation means decreased inflammation and swelling. That is why so many bowlers use kinesiology tape on their fingers - it prevents them from swelling.
But the benefits of kinesiology tape are much more than non-swelling fingers. Over time, our muscles get overused or injured. And it can happen to anyone, from the young bowler to the older one. Correctly applied kinesiology tape can support the affected muscles while bowling, and accelerate the healing process by assisting the body's lymphatic system to drain waste products like lactic acid, which bowlers hard-working muscles produce.
Should I try kinesiology tape?
Correct usage of kinesiology tape is truly beneficial. It can improve circulation, support muscles, foster healing, help prevent injury or further injury, and relieve acute or chronic pain.
Nevertheless, every bowler should understand that if you are in pain, chances are you are dealing with an injury that may first need a diagnosis. Kinesiology tape won't help fix the medical condition on its own. Kinesiology tape can be fully beneficial when in use with other therapies, so do not substitute your physical therapy appointments for rolls of tape.