Using Kinesio Tape to Help You Through Pregnancy
Bringing a new life into the world is an amazingly beautiful thing. Your pregnant baby bump is a constant reminder of the bundle of joy that will soon bless your life. But it can bring some challenges and discomfort as well. During this fantastic time, chances are you’re experiencing back pain, rib pain, pelvic pressure, discomfort when sleeping, and/or some general aches. Using kinesiology tape during pregnancy can ease a lot of troubles.
No doubt you’ve seen this great product in the world of sports. During the 2012 London Games and the 2016 Rio Games, athletes were wearing colorful bands of k-tape all over their bodies. Though it seemed to (pardon the pun) hit the ground running in 2012 it’s been around for over 40 years. It bears some similarities to regular athletic tape, but a key difference is that kinesio tape is flexible and allows full movement and breathing of tissues. This is important for healing. The tape itself is easily cut to fit and positioned/moved for anywhere you may need it. And it’s not just for athletes. Kinesio tape for pregnancy aches and pains is fast becoming an important use of this wonder-tape.
If it’s good enough for runners, weightlifters, and football players, then it’s good enough for a mom-to-be with a heavy load in her belly. If back and pelvic problems ail you, you sure don’t want drugs. Going natural wherever you can is better for you and your baby. Even scientific study shows kinesiology tape brings comfort and help for pregnancy back pain.
What Kinesio Tape Does for Your Pregnancy
Kinesio tape is made from natural cotton. It’s comfortable to wear because it’s thin – roughly the thickness of skin – and elastic, so it will move with you. The adhesive is a safe acrylic formulated to provide long-term adhesion (2 to 7 days) without reactions.
The tape can assist with plenty of common pregnancy aches and pains relief. Taping under and around your baby bump, and across your lower back, can help symptoms arising from:
- back pain
- rib pain
- joint pain
- poor sleep
- feet swelling
- sciatic nerve pressure
- and more.
It gently lifts the skin to allow free flow of essential fluids that help soreness in joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Why is this important? Because pooling fluid can cause pressure and misalignment, triggering pain receptors.
This versatile tape can be applied in multiple ways to multiple areas. It’s always best to have an expert chiropractor or physical therapist show you how to apply it, but here are some starting ideas.
- Lower Back Pain: Wherever you feel pain, cut two 4” to 6” strips and apply in an X pattern over the area. Apply it so there is moderate stretch in the tape. Now cut two more strips and add another X to create an asterisk.
- Belly Belt: Just two strips of kinesio tape, each 24”-30” inches long, applied with a light stretch. Run one from the pants line diagonally over the belly and around your side, terminating at the shoulder blade. Repeat for the other side. Great for belly pain and rib pain. May also help if diastasis recti is a concern.
- Diaphragm: Raise your arms above your head and have someone apply a 6”-10” strip at the bottom of your sternum. Take a deep breath, then put the tape around the baby bump. Repeat for the other side.
This is just a very small sample of the taping options. Try kinesiology tape for your pregnancy today and experience the relief.
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