Whats with all the tape? (KINESIO TAPING)

So after watching the Rio 2016 Olympics you may be wondering whats with the colourful tape around some of the athletes. Well this tape is not to look cool, it actually helps the body to recover by using the body’s natural healing process whilst providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. The benefit is it has a positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. Basically its used to prevent, maintain or rehabilitate injury.