The Benefits of Kinesio Taping for lymphatic drainage
When an injury occurs, oedema (swelling) and bruising occur. This leads to increased pain and a decrease in range of motion. Increased oedema results in the lymphatic system working inefficiently. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph fluid containing infection fighting white blood cells around the body and to help get rid of toxins and waste products that the body produces. It helps aid the removal of interstitial fluid from the tissues preventing oedema.
Picture to the right shows the effects of k-tape applied to a patient with a contusion to the lateral side of the lower leg.
Kinesio taping is a great way of reducing oedema in both acute and chronic stages. Each strip in its web like pattern lifts the skin increasing the space in which the lymphatic fluid has to flow in the layers below. This web design creates channels of low pressure in congested areas encouraging movement away from the injury site into the lymph nodes. This helps reduce swelling, takes the pressure off pain receptors decreasing pain and promotes healing by increasing blood flow to the area.
This diagram shows k-tape lifting the skin allowing space for better fluid dynamics below.
Do you have a injury that could benefit from this type of treatment?For further information on this topic or for advice Kinesio Taping please contact us at FitFab Therapy via our facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Lara Inge- Lead Sports Therapist at FitFab Therapy