As an athlete, you're no stranger to aches and pains, especially when it comes to your shoulders. Pushing your body to the limit can often lead to discomfort and injury. That's where kinesiology tape comes in. This innovative and versatile tool has taken the sports world by storm, offering effective relief and support for a wide range of issues. In this article, we'll explore the wonders of kinesiology tape, how to apply it for shoulder pain relief, and the unique benefits of SummaForte's CBD-infused kinesiology tape with menthol.
The shoulder joint is a complex combination of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Its biomechanical structure allows for a wide range of motion, including flexion, extension, abduction, adduction, internal rotation, external rotation, and circumduction, all critical for reaching, lifting, throwing, and performing overhead movements.
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Due to its complexity and the wide range of motion it allows, the shoulder is vulnerable to various injuries and conditions, such as rotator cuff tears, labral tears, shoulder impingement, instability, and osteoarthritis. Proper understanding of the physiological aspects of the shoulder is crucial for diagnosing and treating shoulder conditions effectively.
What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology tape, also known as elastic therapeutic tape, is a flexible and stretchy adhesive tape designed to support muscles, joints, and tendons without restricting movement. It's commonly used by athletes and physical therapists to support muscles and improve performance while engaged in physical activity as well as to help manage inflammation and pain in order to speed up recovery. . Kinesiology tape is made from a cotton or synthetic blend that allows it to stretch and conform to the body's contours, providing gentle support and stability to the affected area.
Benefits of CBD and Menthol-Infused SummaTape™
- Relief from physical discomfort: SummaTape can help alleviate workout-induced soreness by gently lifting the skin and decompressing the tissue layers beneath. This reduces pressure on pain receptors and promotes the flow of blood and lymphatic fluids, which can help reduce inflammation and swelling.
- Injury prevention and support: SummaTape™ tape provides proprioceptive feedback, helping you maintain proper body alignment and prevent injuries. By supporting the muscles and joints, it can also aid in the recovery of existing injuries.
- Enhanced performance: Athletes may experience improved performance when using SummaTape™ due to the muscle and ligament support of the tape and the increased blood flow and reduced muscle fatigue.
- Non-restrictive: Unlike traditional athletic tape, kinesiology tape is designed to allow full range of motion, enabling you to stay active and continue your training without feeling constrained.
How to Apply Kinesiology Tape for General Shoulder Pain
Before applying SummaTape™, make sure the area is clean and dry. Avoid applying the tape on irritated, broken, thin or sensitive skin. Follow these steps for a basic shoulder application:
- Tear about one inch of paper backing off one end of a SummaTape™ standard eight-inch strip.
- Place the exposed part of the strip onto the top of your shoulder at the base of neck, then rub it firmly into place to anchor it.
- Gradually peel the paper backing off the rest of the strip as you stretch and apply it going down the arm, rubbing it into place as it adheres to your skin. Stretch the tape about 50% while you do this, but do not stretch the last inch of tape – only apply pressure to anchor it in place.
Introducing SummaForte's CBD-infused SummaTape™
If you're looking for an innovative way to boost the benefits of kinesiology tape, SummaForte's CBD-infused SummaTape™ is an excellent option. This unique product combines the supportive properties of kinesiology tape with the therapeutic effects of CBD (cannabidiol), a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp plants known for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. This combination offers athletes a powerful and healthy approach to managing shoulder pain and other discomforts.
Distinct from other kinesiology tapes, SummaTape incorporates CBD and menthol into its design, offering a calming, cooling sensation, and generating a threefold anti-inflammatory impact. Menthol promotes blood circulation in swollen regions, partnering with CBD to expedite muscle restoration and enhance blood flow, thereby facilitating the healing process for injuries and returning the body to its natural balance. The combined support and recovery advantages of SummaTape™ are particularly beneficial for repetitive stress injuries making it an ideal choice for active recovery during training sessions. By using SummaTape™, you can alleviate congestion in blood and lymphatic fluids, supply structural reinforcement to assist in fluid movement, and effectively minimize inflammation and oxidative stress. The application of SummaTape™ enables you to maintain a full range of motion while simultaneously strengthening and rehabilitating your muscles for a faster recovery.
Benefits of SummaForte's CBD-infused Kinesiology Tape
- Enhanced relief from physical discomfort: The award-winning Lifter CBD in SummaForte's kinesiology tape works synergistically with the tape's mechanical support to provide more effective relief. CBD is known for its ability to interact with the body's endocannabinoid system, helping to modulate pain and inflammation.
- Reduced inflammation: CBD has potent anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce swelling and promote faster recovery. When combined with the improved circulation provided by kinesiology tape, this can result in a more efficient healing process.
- Faster recovery: By helping reduce pain and inflammation, SummaForte's CBD-infused kinesiology tape can speed up the recovery process, allowing you to get back to your training routine sooner.
Tips for Maximizing the Benefits of Kinesiology Tape
- Consult with a professional: If you're new to kinesiology tape or have a specific injury, it's always a good idea to consult with a physical therapist, athletic trainer, or other healthcare professional to ensure appropriateness of kinesiology tape for you.
- Practice proper application: Take the time to learn the correct techniques for applying kinesiology tape to your shoulder or any other body part. And don’t forget to clean and dry the area before applying the tape.
- Replace the tape as needed: Kinesiology tape typically lasts for three to five days, depending on your activity level, how well it's applied and how much stress or wetness it is subjected to. Replace the tape when it begins to peel, fray, or lose its adhesive properties.
- Combine with other treatments: Kinesiology tape is just one tool in your pain management toolbox. Combining it with other treatments like physical therapy, massage, and targeted exercises can further enhance your recovery and pain relief.
Kinesiology tape is a versatile and effective solution for athletes seeking relief from general shoulder pain. By following proper application techniques and using innovative products like SummaForte's CBD-infused SummaTape™, you can experience enhanced relief from workout soreness, reduced inflammation, and faster recovery. Remember to consult with a professional if you're unsure about the best approach for your specific situation, and never hesitate to explore additional treatment options to support your overall health and well-being. Keep pushing your limits and achieving your athletic goals, with the help of kinesiology tape by your side.