Veterinary taping promotes a lifting action on the superficial fascia when appropriately applied creating space, promoting alignment, hydration, contraction and relaxation of the fascia influencing the underlying structures to improve elasticity and strength.
The aim of taping is to maintain mobility and activate different systems to improve body function as opposed to conventional in-elastic tape which fixates, restricts motion and alters microcirculation.
The difference between human and animal tape is the glue used, flexibility of the tape, thickness and size of the tape. Gail uses Vetkin-Tape® which is comfortable for the horse and adheres very well to the coat allowing it to feel like a second skin and will not cause any discomfort. The tape is a breathable cotton, the adhesive is latex free, medical grade, wave pattern. Vetkin-Tape® has all the required international quality certificates including the TUV quality mark.
Above content summarised with approval from Dr Raquel Butler, 2018, Veterinary Kinesiology Taping Course Manual.