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Kinesiology Tape for Arthritis: Does It Help?

CreakyJoints reports on the potential benefits of using kinesiology tape to ease arthritis pain, according to experts including HSS physiatrist, Kristina Marie Quirolgico, MD.

Kinesiology tape may help reduce the perception of pain, joint stiffness and improve physical function, yet the mechanism of how kinesiology tape works is still speculative, noted Dr. Quirolgico. “Currently it is hypothesized that it helps with neuromuscular control by serving as a reminder for how the joint should move. The elasticity of the tape and its tension on the skin helps mobilize the skin and improve circulation, which then helps with pain,” she explained.

Dr. Quirolgico added for people with arthritis, kinesiology tape is used typically for painful, swollen, arthritic joints to provide pain control, and advised not to apply kinesiology tape on fragile or broken skin, rashes, or if the patient has an allergy to tape or adhesive.

Read the full article at Creakyjoints.org.