Performance Tape and Bruising
A bad bruise, or “contusion” can cause many problems to your muscle tissue. Sometimes it can result in a hematoma that can cause myositis ossificans, which is a bone that forms within a muscle!
Myositis ossificans is a condition that often occurs in athletes who sustain a blunt injury that causes deep tissue bleeding. A typical story is a soccer player who is kicked forcefully in the mid-thigh, and develops pain and significant bruising.
The soft-tissues that were injured in the traumatic event initially develops a hematoma, and subsequently develop the myositis ossificans.
By using performance tape, it can help with healing of the bruise and proper redirection of blood flow. See the picture below for proof!
How Does This Work?
Performance Tape pulls the upper layers of skin, creating more space between the dermis and the muscle. The space created is believed to relieve pressure on the lymph channels in the area between the muscle and the dermis, creating more space for lymph flow and thus better lymph drainage through an affected area. As you can see in the picture, the areas that were taped had noticeably faster healing.
This space also houses various nerve receptors that send specific information to the brain. When the space between the epidermis and the muscle is compressed, such as during an injury, these nerve receptors are compressed and send information to the brain. This information causes the brain to send out certain signals to the body on how to react to particular stimuli. Performance Tape alters the information that these receptors send to the brain and causes a less reactive response in the body, allowing the body to work in a more normal manner and removing some of the roadblocks that normally slow down the healing process.
Performance Tape is used to improve joint alignment by affecting the muscles and fascia, and can reduce poor function of a joint by influencing opposing muscle groups and joint mobility.
NEXT TIME YOU HAVE A CONTUSION OR BAD BRUISE, COME IN TO THE SCAP CENTRE TO GET TAPED TO PREVENT MYOSITIS OSSIFICANS AND IMPROVE HEALING TIME!