Healthy skeletal muscles are essential to keep moving and doing your best. If you strain or injure a muscle or tendon, you will probably feel weaker or much slower than usual. An athlete, or someone who does physical labor, needs to keep their body healthy to continue to perform at their best. Today, there are plenty of devices out there that help protect and treat your muscles tendons and joints. One of these devices is called Kinesiology Tape.
Have you watched an Olympic sport where an athlete is wrapped with strips of brightly colored tape on their arms, legs or torso? That is Kinesiology Tape. Kinesiology tape was invented in Japan by Kenzo Kase in the 1970s. He's said to have developed the tape for Sumo Wrestlers. The popularity of the tape started to climb after a few Olympic stars began rocking the tape. Some athletes even say they get some sort of competitive edge when they wear the tape. There are plenty of different brands of body tape that help alleviate pain and protect muscles and joints to help you perform better. Some of these brands include KT Tape, Rock Tape, Kinesio Tape, and Mueller. Each is made with different materials—mesh, cotton and nylon or a combination. All do primarily the same thing. You can find these tapes at your local pharmacy or sports retailers.