The main purpose of using kinesiotaping in horses is to:
- achieve analgesic effect
- reduce muscle tension
- support the rehabilitation of the patient by fast and painless elimination of lymphoedema
- support the structures that have been injured (e.g. stifle joint, SDFT, SL)
The technique used to apply the tape depends on a desired therapeutic effect. For example, kinesiotaping can be used to activate muscles that need to work harder, or inhibit muscles that need to release.
The mechanism of action is that, when the tape is stretched over the skin, it creates wrinkles, which allow the lymphatic system to work more efficiently — reducing inflammation and clearing waste. Additionally, the tape acts on the subcutaneous fascia and touch receptors in the nervous system and by stimulating them, it blocks transmissions from pain receptors.
The use of this therapy is non-invasive, it also often serves as a tool to maintain the effect of relaxation after a massage.
Kinesiotaping is very useful in case of:
- A spinal pain syndrome
- Muscle pain of various origins
- Pain in the stifle joints
- Pain arising in functional disorders
- Muscle post-traumatic states
- Dislocations, sprains and bruises
- Acceleration of absorption of hematomas, exudates
- Stimulation of weak muscles
- Relaxation of excessively strained muscles
- Joint protection
- Reduction of lymph stasis and eodema
- Increase or reduce the range of motion