Can Kinesiology Taping Reduce Your Swelling and Bruising?

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Article by John Miller

Why Does Kinesiology Taping Reduce Your Swelling and Bruising?

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How Does Kinesiology Tape Work?

Researchers have discovered that kinesiology tape can quicken the reduction in joint swelling (oedema) and a  bruise (haematoma). 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, which provides less physical resistance to the removal of the retained fluid by your lymphatic and venous drainage systems (Bialoszewski et al., 2009).

You can test this theory out by a quick squeeze of your skin. It will resemble an "orange-peel" appearance. You'll notice loose skin between your fingers. The lower skin tension allows your venous and lymphatic systems to drain the sub-dermal fluid away quicker. Now isn't that clever!

Does Kinesiology taping help to hasten your recovery time from swelling or bruising? Yes!

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