Animal kinesiology is the science of veterinary movement (kinesiology). If physiotherapists or vets treat animals for kinesiology purposes (i.e. immovability, rehabilitation and physical therapy), they can add kinesiology taping to their skills portfolio-
Animal kinesiology tape and animal physiotherapy
The kinesiology tape is most commonly used- on horses, dogs and cattle. Taping assists — the muscles to- function without restricting the animal’s natural range of movement. By treating the affected muscles in this way, the body’s own healing process can be activated. During the development of this method it soon became apparent that -applying kinesiology tape offered very diverse possibilities. The hypoallergenic, porous, skin friendly properties of the tape makes it possible to wear the tape for up to five days, making a 24 hour a day treatment possible.
Apply veterinary kinesiology tape for:
- Pain relief
- Improving blood circulation and lymphatic flow
- Improving muscle function
- Supporting joints
- Segmental influence
–To further the science of veterinary kinesiology, a specialized kinesiology tape for animals – VetkinTape was developed for animals. It was based, in cooperation with veterinary professionals, on the well-established CureTape -, with one single purpose –: “to improve the condition of the animal’s body and their movability”.
Kinesiology tape for horses
VetkinTape was created in cooperation with animal physical therapists. It is -specially designed for use on – animals, and is suitable for – animal skin and underlying tissue. Equine veterinarians, and licensed physical therapists with a certified taping-course background, already apply the tape on equines to improve performance, -training recovery and to treat injuries.
Kinesiology tape for dogs
Kinesiology tape for dogs is -just like equine taping – an addition to the skills of canine physiotherapists – and is used in many applications. It is commonly used for pain relief and to improve – blood circulation. There is – an increasing demand for veterinary taping on dogs – and we expect to see more veterinary professionals and physiotherapists –include kinesiology taping in their daily activities. It is an innovative supplementary technique in veterinary rehabilitation & animal physiotherapy and is already used by many veterinary professionals.
Veterinary kinesiology taping vs conventional taping methods
In contrast to conventional taping methods, the new method of taping (kinesiology taping) relieves pain, supports joints and improves limb mobility in animals. Conventional taping methods often adversely affect the joints and the animal’s freedom of movement because of using non-elastic materials.
History of the Medical Taping Concept
Medical taping was first established in Japan and Korea in the 1970s. At the time, new methods of taping were developed with the idea that movement and muscle activity are essential in maintaining and recovering health. -It was realized that muscles not only move the body but also control blood and lymph circulation and body temperature. Currently many medical professionals are using this method to treat their patients. Medical Taping’s revolutionary techniques have become the standard in elastic therapeutic taping.
Animal Kinesiology Courses
The Medical Taping techniques are included in the Taping Courses which are given by VetkinTape. The animal kinesiology courses are particularly useful for (vet) physiotherapists, doctors, orthopedics, sports coaches, veterinarians and masseurs, but also by non-medical practitioners. However, a basic knowledge of anatomy and medical terms is required to use the kinesiology tape in the best and most effective way.