The Neuromuscular Tape

Hello everyone, this blog will mainly try to tell you in the simplest way possible what are those "strips of colors" that we see in athletes today. I hope that I can help you to solve all your doubts.

Athletes, both professional and amateur, have used many methods to treat various types of muscle injuries and pain produced by them: from pain-killers (anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxants), topical use creams (cold, heat) massage sessions, and acupunctureLike these methods, taping has been and is used curretly  to treat in postoperative, sports activities, treatments to prevent and rehabilitate injuries, etc. Treatments have improved over time as scientists have discovered more about how the muscles and soft tissues of the body affect human movement.

Kinesio Tape, Vendaje Neuromuscular, Kinesiologia
Applications of the Neuromuscular Tape
Nowadays, innovative devices and techniques to help protect and treat muscles, tendons and joints have come out from research into the science behind muscular and skeletal movement, which is known as kinesiology

Is for this reason that , in recent years, especially since the Olympics in Beijing 2008, London 2012 or brasil 2016, when you could see at street level how those athletes wore some "colored tapes".  Those are what we know as Neuromuscular Tape, although it is also possible that we can recognize them under other names like:

As you may see, the "synonyms" we are talking about are more referred to brands that sell this product (like Cheetos for cheese puffs), and we will talk about them later, but we they can also have a more generic meaning. In this blog we will refer to these colored tapes as Neuromuscular Tape.

The neuromuscular bandage is based on the use of bandages, which are applied to the skin covering a muscle, tendon, ligament or joint, either because they present some injury or just in a preventive way. The main objectives would be to reduce inflammation and tissue congestion, to reduce the sensation of pain and to correct joint or postural problems. With these elastic bands freedom of movement is achieved in the affected area, allowing the tissue to recover naturally.

This bandage system, besides being very useful and effective in its therapeutic use in common injuries, is increasingly being used in different physical activities, especially in athletes, either for the recovery of injuries or to enable a faster return to training and competition, and even in improving performance and injury prevention.

I am one of those who thinks that in order to understand what something is, we have to start with the words that define it, and if we pay attention to the terms mentioned before we see that terms like Tape, Kinesio, Neuromuscular or Bandage are repeated several times. So I'm going to explain where each term comes from:
  • Kinesio:
    In this case comes from Kinesiology that refers to the study of the human
    movement employing the principles of the physical sciences. You can read more here.
  • Neuromuscular:
    It refers to the neuromuscular system, specifically the nervous system and the
    muscular system, which are those that allow the movement and support of the
    human body. You can see that it has relation with the previous term.
  • Tape: or taping would be the term
    of applying kinesiological tape to an individual. (If you look only for this
    name you can find terms like duct tape that is nothing more than American tape)
  • Bandage:
    Basically it is the previous term although if we go to the Collins Dictionary
    in its definition 1. m. A bandage
    is made with bandages or other pieces of cloth arranged to adapt to the shape
    of the region of the body where they are applied, and attach the dressing. Here you can
    see their history.

In future posts I will tell you the history of those "colored bands", how they work or what differences exist with other types of bandages.
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