• Missy Wallace

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Lets talk Kinesiology Tape.....

HISTORY: Kinesiology tape was developed in 1942 by a Japanese Dr. of Chiropractic. Kenzo Kase was searching for a gentle method of treating muscular pain syndromes. The aim in creating the tape was to deliver minute stimuli to the cutaneous receptors in the skin by means of the adhesive tapes, n order to stimulate the body's regenerative and self-healing processes at the reflexive level.

What the tape is: Kinesiology tape is usually made up of a cotton fabric and is stretchable lengthwise. A latex-free acrylate adhesive is applied to one side in a wavy pattern of lines. The tape comes stuck to a silicone coated paper with 10% tension.

There is a difference between human Kinesiology Tape and Equine. It is mainly found in the adhesive property of the tape. Equine Kinesiology has stronger adhesive properties to it.

How the tape works: The adhesive bonding of the tape with the horse's coat, influences the cutaneous receptors as soon as the horse starts to move. The tape initiates a different movement pattern in the skin, and therefore stimulate different cutaneous receptors. Sensations of pressure, touch and fibration are passed through the mechanoreceptors of the skin. The mechanoreceptors in the neuromuscular spindles, in the Golgi tendons (which connect the muscle origin to the tendon) and in joint capsules and ligaments play a part in proprioception. In addition the receptors responsible for pain perception are stimulated.

When to apply it: Kinesiology tape is mostly applied for pain relief and biomechanical assistance. I use it to compliment Equi-Bow and or Massage. The areas of application are numerous. The tape can be applied not just at the manual, but also at the energetic, visceral, vascular and reflexive levels.

Once a person understands the mechanisms of how the tape affects the body, there is obvious evidence why Kinesiology taping should not replace manual therapy, it should compliment it. I have seen Equi-Bow and Cranial Sacral Work be prolonged many times over with the support of Kinesiology Tape.

The effects of Equi-Bow, Cranial Sacral Work can occur over a few hours, sometimes even weeks after the session has happened, with no further active stimulation. However, when supported with Kinesiology tape, I can often maintain a consistent stimulation of the skin for the duration the tape is on the body and even for several days afterwards.

When not to apply it: Open Wounds, Skin Irritations such as fungus, allergies, sweet itch, eczema. Unexplained lameness such as Fissures, Fractures, Fresh Tears in ligaments, tendons, or muscles, Oedemas, but only if the cause has been clarified by the vet. Long term cortisone therapy also presents a relative contraindication because it makes the skin extremely sensitive. Mares in foal should be treated with extreme care and caution as some tapings could affect gestation.

Important notes: It may look easy to attach a colorful tape to different parts of a horse's body and to present it as "Therapy" , however, as simple as it appears, this therapy is very complex. I have learned and continue to learn extensive anatomy and physiology. I also have learned and continue to recognize and understand the disease or dysfunction occurring in a structure in order to select the right taping technique. Incorrect taping can hinder the healing process.

I am not a vet and this information is by no means meant to replace veterinary treatment. If you have a concern about an injury or your horses health please consult your vet.

Thanks for reading!!!

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