How Does Kinesiology Tape Reduce Swelling?

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Article by John Miller

Can Kinesiology Taping Reduce Your Swelling and Bruising?

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Clinically, researchers such as Bialoszewski etal 2009 have found that kinesiology tape can quicken the reduction in joint oedema (swelling) and bruising. The theory is that the elasticity of kinesiology tape lifts the skin away from the swollen tissue below by loosely "crinkling" the skin. This is known as a sub-dermal vacuum. The vacuum provides less physical resistance to the removal of the retained fluid by your lymphatic and venous drainage systems.

A quick example that you can try is to lightly squeeze your skin together with your fingers to create an "orange-peel" appearance. You'll notice loose skin between your fingers. Less skin tension allows your venous and lymphatic systems to drain the sub-dermal fluid away quicker. Now isn't that clever! 

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