In this blog post I’m focusing on the relatively new technique of Kinesio-taping. So what is it and and how can it be used to help equine health?
Kinesio-taping is the use of therapeutic tape applied to the skin. Previously mainly used by human athletes only, over the last few years, it’s now become more commonly used to help horse health.
When applied by a trained Veterinarian or professional therapist, it is thought to have a variety of benefits. This can include benefits to the:
- Lymphatic system.
The tape used is elasticated and specially designed to allow normal movement.
Why Use Kinesio-Tape?
- Prevent injury
- Relieve pain
- Reduce swelling/inflammation
- Improve recovery from muscle injury
Which Part of the Horse’s Body Can It Be Used On?
The back, hindquarters, neck and legs are the commonly used places.
How Can You Access This For Your Horse?
Many veterinarian’s and professionally trained therapists (e.g. Equine Manual Lymph Drainage practitioners, and Physiotherapists) are now trained in this therapy.
If you’d like help locating an Equine Kinesiotaping professional near you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re a professional equine therapist or Veterinary Surgeon, and would like to learn more about Kinesio-taping for your own practice, then there are courses held throughout the year. These courses can be found online at http://www.kinesiotaping.co.uk/.
Those listed there are endorsed by The Kinesio Taping Association International – which is essential to ensure their authenticity.
Until next time,
Director, Taranet Complementary Therapies for Animals (Business Consultancy, Social Media Training and Forever Business Owner)
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Picture: Chartered Physiotherapist Lee Clark of http://www.thephysio-clinic.co.uk/
Courses and Other Kinesiotaping information can be found at http://www.kinesiotaping.co.uk