Kinesiotape is an elasticated cotton tape that can aid function and reduce pain in many injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.
Kinesiotape helps to stabilise joints whilst still allowing them to move through their normal range of motion, as well as providing gentle support to muscles and ligaments under strain, making it a helpful treatment modality for pregnant women. Low back and pelvic girdle pain is a common problem during pregnancy, as well as pain from the round ligaments (ligaments which surround your uterus in your pelvis)- this type of pain often feels like a sharp jab in your lower abdomen or groin. In pregnant women, taping is most commonly used across the lower belly for support, creating a sling or belt around her body to help evenly distribute the weight of a growing baby.
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As your bump gets bigger, the lower back muscles have to work harder and harder to stabilise and support your lower back and pelvis. Kinesiotape can be used to support the back or abdomen (or indeed any other areas that are sore and achey!) and help to alleviate some of the postural aches and pains associated with a growing bump!
Interestingly, kinesiotape is also thought to help improve the flow of the lymphatic system, the system in our body responsible for transporting waste products, bacteria and cell debris out of our body. On the skin, the kinesiotape pulls the upper layers of skin, creating more space (known as interstitial space) between the dermis and the muscle. This space is thought to relieve pressure on the lymphatic system by allowing lymph flow and better lymphatic drainage, which helps promotes healing. Really helpful for mums prone to swollen ankles, as it can help to alleviate that swelling!
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