Equine kinesiology tape trend is on a roll
- March 21, 2017
- by Tamara Choat
Whether human or equine, athletes depend on proper functioning of muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments to perform at their peak capability. When competitors started appearing at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics wearing bright kinesiology tape–colored, stretchy tape in unique patterns–the equine world took notice as well. Today, as the sight of elite horses competing or performing wearing flashy strips of equine kinesiology tape becomes more common, horse owners are increasingly curious about the practice, with some wondering if it’s worth a try, or if it’s just a little too “out there” for them.
Kinesiology tape is a unique product that only stretches the long way, is adhesive, breathable and latex free. The original kinesiology tape and practice of applying it on humans, called the Kinesio Taping® Method, was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, an acupuncturist and chiropractor in the U.S. and Japan in the mid-1970s. Other product manufacturers have followed suit, but the fundamentals remain the same – the tape microscopically lifts the skin, allowing for increased circulation, improved lymphatic drainage and decreased inflammation.
Practitioners use kinesiology taping – on both two-legged and four-legged patients – for two primary objectives…
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