The Benefits of Using Strength Tape for Seniors
Aches and pains are a familiar problem for many senior citizens, as certain aspects of the aging process can cause discomfort in the neck, back, joints, and muscles.
Chronic pain frequently reduces the range of motion in the joints, which can impair mobility and make the performance of day-to-day tasks more difficult. This can reduce the independence of senior citizens, which can lead to secondary psychological and social issues.
Pain and inflammation are often the results of age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's or osteoporosis, conditions requiring long-term, therapeutic management and treatment. Acute pain among elderly people is also commonly caused by injury, either as the result of a fall or surgery.
Managing pain symptoms in seniors can be problematic, as pain is often chronic and difficult to treat with painkillers alone. Improving muscular strength and muscle mass to improve joint support, while also finding alternative methods of alleviating pain, is the best way to reduce distress and discomfort.
What Is Strength Tape?
Strength tape, or kinesiology tape, is a flexible elastic tape that adheres gently to the skin and moves with the motion of the body, making it highly suitable for daily use. Commonly used by athletes to aid recovery from injury, strength tape can also be used by senior citizens to alleviate the painful symptoms of a whole host of age-related conditions.
When appropriately applied, strength tape can be used to expedite recovery from injury, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and support and strengthen the muscles and joints.
Treatment of Aches and Pains
Aches and pains among the elderly are typically caused by swelling around the joints, whether because of injury, weakened muscles and ligaments, or preexisting medical conditions such as arthritis. The excess lymphatic tissue around the joints can put pressure on the nerves and muscles, exacerbating pain. Strength tape can be highly effective in reducing this inflammation by lifting the skin and creating more space for the movement and drainage of blood and lymphatic tissue. This can be helpful for reducing discomfort and pain, and for improving mobility in senior citizens.
Reducing inflammation and increasing the movement of blood and lymphatic tissue around the site of an injury can also help to promote healing. Injuries among older adults often come about because of a fall or joint surgery and can take a long time to heal without intervention.
By increasing the flow of oxygen, nutrients, and white blood cells at the site of injury, strength tape can accelerate the healing of muscles and joints while reducing discomfort.
Alleviate Arthritis Symptoms
Many age-related diseases, such as arthritis, are a common cause of chronic pain among the elderly population. Swelling and stiffness around the joints can reduce their range of motion, inhibiting mobility and balance, which makes falls more likely and creates difficulties in the performance of daily tasks.
Recent scientific research has found that proper application of medical tape can significantly reduce pain in arthritis patients, which in turn allows for greater mobility and flexibility in the joints. This promotes better joint function and can enhance muscle growth and strength, reducing the likelihood of injury from falls. Maintaining independence as we age is also crucial for promoting strong psychological health and regular social interaction.
Support and Strengthen Muscles and Joints
Chronic pain in the elderly is often associated with reduced muscle mass and strength, both of which naturally decline as we age. This can put undue strain on the joints, causing stiffness and soreness that may hinder mobility.
Kinesiology tape has been found to be effective in promoting the growth and strength of the muscular tissue. This is of particular benefit for seniors, as muscle mass decline can compromise balance, strength, and mobility, which can potentially lead to health problems and injury.
When applied correctly, strength tape can lift the skin overlying muscle fibers, creating more space between the muscle and the skin for blood to circulate. This results in an increased supply of oxygen and nutrients to the muscle tissue, promoting growth, and improving flexibility around the joints. Strength tape can, therefore, be used to reduce stress around the joints, relieving pressure, and, consequently, reducing pain.
Things to Consider
Older adults often have frailer skin than younger people, so care must be taken when removing the tape to avoid causing damage. Strength tape should not be used for patients suffering from an impaired or damaged lymphatic system, as it can interfere with the natural movement of lymph throughout the body. Strength tape is also unsuitable for use at fracture sites, as it will not help in the healing of bones. It comes in five-meter rolls of uncut tape or a strength tape kit with six 10-inch pre-cut strips for easy application.
Strength tape has many useful applications for seniors and can be used to relieve pain and discomfort, reduce the symptoms of diseases such as arthritis, lend support to the muscles and joints, and promote muscle growth and strength.
All this can improve the strength and function of the muscles and joints, allowing for greater mobility, increased independence, and improved overall health and well-being of senior citizens.
- Becky McDowell