If you are looking to improve circulation, Kinesio Tape can be a great solution. Cutting strips into Kinesio Tape can allow for better movement of fluid in/out of an area.
This can help decrease the inflammation, 'bruising,' and swelling that sets in after rolling an ankle. I will demonstrate a way to tape the outside ankle. You can apply one strip or apply a cross-hatch pattern. The knee is the other common joint we use this application.
As mentioned in our last post about taping, it is imperative to clean the skin with alcohol, otherwise the tape will not stick for long.
The tape can typically be left on up to 3-5 days, although I prefer to go no longer than 2 days. That skin needs time to breathe and get some oils back. You should be able to shower with the tape; just take it easy with the washcloth over the taped ares.
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