VetkinTape® sees an increasing demand for Canine kinesiology tape and anticipates many veterinary professionals and physiotherapists will use this method in their daily practice. It is a relatively new and additional technique of veterinary rehabilitation and animal physiotherapy. VetkinTape® for dogs, just like taping equines, is an addition to the skills portfolio of canine physiotherapists and is used in many applications and can be used during several treatments. It is commonly used for pain relief and stimulation of the blood circulation and the lymphatic flow.
Application & uses of Kinesiology tape for dogs
The effect of VetkinTape® is based on its ability to interact with the skin and associated neuro and sensory receptors. VetkinTape® decompresses the tissue, lifts the skin and allows increased blood and lymph circulation. This speeds up and assists the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
VetkinTape® has integral stretch that corresponds perfectly to the elasticity of the skin. The skin is stretched by lengthening the muscles underneath as the tape is being applied. When the muscle is placed back in neutral position, the contraction of the tape lifts the skin and can therefore provide pain relief. If the kinesiology tape is applied correctly one will see curves (convolutions) appear on the back of the tape (which cause the skin to lift).
Improving blood circulation and lymphatic flow
After any injury, an inflammatory reaction starts. The discharge of fluids lead to an increased pressure in the concerned area. The swelling limits the space between the skin and the muscle reducing the tissue circulation and the lymphatic flow. The tape is applied without being stretched and, by lifting the skin, relieves pressure and restores the circulation of blood and lymph fluids.
When a dog has his limb returned to the neutral position, the skin relaxes and is lifted by the tape. Convolutions appear; they help by decreasing the pressure and activating the lymphatic flow.
However, the skin is not only lifted but is also being massaged, because the tape moves when the canine is in motion. This ensures a better lymph flow, because the now more flexible filaments between the endothall cells of the initial lymph vessels and the elastic fibres of the connective tissue make it easier for the valves of the lymph vessels to open.
Improving muscle function
Improving muscle function with VetkinTape® works through tone regulation. The direction in which the medical tape is placed, is key.
- To activate a muscle: the tape is applied from the point of origin to insertion with 15-25% stretch
- To de-activate a muscle: the tape is applied from the point of insertion to the point of origin with 10-15% stretch
The tape acts as an elastic, it creates a recoil force to the point of origin. This way it can influence muscle contraction or relaxation depending on where it is anchored first.
The extensive theoretical case can be found in our VetkinTape® manual.
One can positively influence the balance between joints, muscles and ligaments, by applying VetkinTape®. In conventional taping, joints are being immobilized. The longer this state lasts, the less flexible and durable the tissues (ligaments, tendons etc.) become. The structure of the tissue can change and adhesions might occur, causing further restriction to the joint’s mobility. With VetkinTape® can support the joint without affecting its range of movement. Combining the following techniques with an activating muscle tape, will further complete the treatment.
- Proprioceptive stimulation and pain relief
- Ligament Taping
- Stabilization and influencing movements of joints
- Influencing the fascia
- Space correction
- Limiting ROM
Practical clinical experience has shown that the activity and function of various organs can also be influenced by taping. This applies not only to segmental zones but also the fascial network from organ to skin. The relaxation of the fascial structures seems to enhance organ functions and thereby body function. Physical therapists are well aware of the segmental zones and know the benign influence derived from treating the skin and the fascia. However, proper caution should be taken when treating dogs with various organ issues, injuries etc.
VetkinTape® (canine) can be used as either a sole or an add-on treatment in canine therapy. It can be used to reduce or control pain, manage swelling or oedema, increase range of joint motion and muscle function and maintain a level of functionality and comfort for the animal throughout the rehabilitation process.
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The 2 days interactive canine kinesiology taping course will provide the opportunity to learn about this fascinating and effective method of improving the gait patterns of healthy dogs.
Attention: We would like to remind you that certain tape applications, provided on our website are not yet fully scientifically proven. Mentioned applications are based on extensive evaluation and case studies with licensed veterinary physiotherapists and/or other veterinary professionals.