You’d be hard-pressed to find an athlete who isn’t wearing a flashy colour of tape spiraling around their body these days. At the 2012 London Olympics, CNN even coined it “the latest Olympic accessory.” While this new rehabilitative taping technique has made a significant difference in the lives of top athletes by helping them recover from injuries without compromising their play, it also has many therapeutic benefits for the general population, including mamas-to-be.
What is Kinesiology Tape?
This colourful tape facilitates the body’s natural healing process by providing support and stability to muscles and joints, improving blood flow, reducing pain and swelling and controlling inflammation. Kinesiology tape differs from classic athletic tape (the plain old white stuff) because it is much more pliable. It is an elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive so it will not restrict your range of motion. Additionally, an application of kinesiology tape typically lasts three to five days if applied correctly, rather than just during an activity.
Baby bump support
Kinesiology tape is a safe and effective treatment option in pregnancy. As we have previously discussed, musculoskeletal pain is common in pregnancy, especially low back and pelvic girdle pain, as well as round ligament pain (that quick jabbing pain felt in the lower abdomen or groin area – ouch!). By adding a few strategic strips of the colourful tape to either the back or abdomen, some of the common postural aches and pains that are associated with a growing baby bump are alleviated. So not only are you sporting the latest vibrant accessory, you’ll feel better and more supported doing it!
Please talk to your Chiropractor or healthcare provider to discuss if kinesiology taping is appropriate for you. Also, be sure to notify your practitioner if you have sensitive skin, or better yet, test it on a small patch of skin to ensure you aren’t reactive to the tape adhesive. Once your kinesiology tape has been applied, your practitioner will give you instructions on how to preserve the integrity of the tape while showering, bathing and dressing in order to maximize your colourful weave. Go ahead, pick your favourite colour and strut!
This lovely 37 year old mama-to-be was experiencing acute pelvic girdle pain and nasty round ligament pain with any quick movements around 20 weeks. Additionally, she felt a lot of pressure around her pubic bone as though she needed to constantly hold under her belly for support.
At 23 weeks, she was getting frustrated and nervous about how she would manage the pain until her due date. Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapy were giving her transient relief, but not enough to put her at ease. At this time, we tried taping mom’s belly (as depicted here) and within one day her pain went from a 9/10 to a 4/10!
She is now late in her third trimester and her pain fluctuates between a 1/10 to a 4/10. She uses the tape as needed along with continued Chiropractic Care and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. This mama has gotten into her last trimester stride and is looking great!
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The advice provided in this article is for information purposes only. It is meant to augment and not replace consultation with a licensed healthcare provider. Consultation with a chiropractor or other primary care provider is recommended for anyone suffering from a health problem.