K-Tape for Common Weightlifting Injuries
Lifting weights can do a body so much good, but when done wrong or excessively can also cause significant damage. Weightlifting and bodybuilding to extreme can cause many strains and tears on muscles and other tissues – some mild, others severe. Treatment should be handled under professional guidance. And these days plenty of care professionals are turning to kinesiology tape to help with weightlifting injuries.
Weightlifting InjuriesNot every weightlifting or bodybuilding injury can be helped by kinesio tape, but there are several common issues where it can help:
- Strains: Overstretching or overusing a muscle.
- Sprains: Essentially the same as a strain but affecting ligaments.
- Contusions: K-tape can be of significant assistance with bruising. It lifts the skin to allow fluids to flow freely and heal damage.
- Tendonitis: One of the most common and nagging of all weightlifting injuries. Kinesio tape’s support and flexibility provides great relief and mobility.
- Avulsion: Tearing a muscle is painful and the healing process can be long.
- Bursitis: The padding found between muscle and bone (bursa sack) becomes inflamed.
These common injuries can all gain significant relief by applying K-tape correctly.
The Quadrangle of Injury
Kinesio tape can be used for what’s called the ‘quadrangle of injury’ for weightlifters and bodybuilders. These are the four areas that are injured most often:
- Lower back
- Osteoarthritis is very common in weightlifters. Movement is essential.
- Upper back and neck.
K-tape won’t necessarily cure these injuries, but it can sure help free things up and ease discomfort so you can go about normal business again sooner.
Injuring these four areas prevents you from participating and limits your mobility. Many soft tissue injuries are treated by rub downs, creams and athletic tape. These ‘quick fixes’ can often do more harm than good if you try to keep active and end up causing more damage and limit your range of motion. Seek proper treatment and ask your practitioner about applying flexible kinesio tape. It’s designed to be flexible so it can support an injured area, keep things in better alignment, and allow for some motion that may assist in recovery. You may not want to be lifting the big weights when injured, but k-tape can keep things more mobile during recovery so atrophy is less of a problem.
Less Pain, Faster Healing
Many people report that using kinesiology tape for weightlifting injuries reduces their pain. The principle behind it goes against the traditional thinking of taping to restrict movement. While immobilization works in some situations, others can benefit from free motion to promote healing and less pain. K-tape pulls skin slightly away from injured areas beneath, which allows lactic acid, blood and other necessary fluids free access to and through the damaged areas. There’s much less likelihood of fluid build up (swelling) lasting a long time. Allowing the area to ‘breathe’ can assist with the healing process and with pain.
Other Weight-bearing Activities
While we’ve focused on weightlifting, weight training and bodybuilding, remember that weight-bearing activities are part of many people’s normal lives and injuries can occur. Delivery workers, movers, construction workers, warehouse workers, farmhands, fishermen, and so on through a long list. K-tape is literally for everyone. Keep some handy and have a professional show you how to apply it.
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