The research proved that the Kinesio Taping method is highly effective in treating patients after abdominal surgery. The daily decrease of 2.5 percentage points in the abdomen circumference helped to relieve pain and reduce doses of painkillers.
It is a scientifically based method that has as main objectives, in the areas of plastic surgery, to minimize edema (swelling) avoid bruising, and reduced or prevent the formation of fibrosis (scar tissue). It also improves function and reduces the tension of tissue near the scars, helping to prevent dehiscence (opening of stitches on the scar).
Taping decompresses tissues that have suffered damage in a surgical procedure. The skin is elevated and thus anchoring filaments (which open lymphatic vessels) are pulled, allowing the greater drainage of the liquid that was previously congested in the interstice (space between the tissue below the skin) favoring its absorption.
Open wounds: If you have an open wound or surgical incision that is not fully healed, do not use kinesiology tape. The tape could produce a situation where bacteria is introduced into the wound.
Can you feel it? Most people who wear kinesiology tape can’t feel it after the initial application. The tape is elastic, so it moves with your body. In that sense, it feels much different than athletic tape, which often has the sensation of pulling your body in a certain way.
If you are noticing swelling and bruising that is not going away, consult with your doctor or post-op therapist about the Kinesio tape technique to see if this treatment is appropriate to help alleviate symptoms that may be limiting recovery progress.