Gudrun Collins (CTKI )
Kinesio Taping and its application, Gudrun Collins (CTKI ) With a back-ground in Sports Injury Massage and Manual Lymphatic Drainage .Gudrun won the British Lymphology Society's Reputation and Professional Standing. Born and educated in Germany, Gudrun Collins is now based in England, where she is director of the GeeCol Sports Injury and Lymphoedema Clinic
Gudrun has many years of practical experience in injury prevention and rehabilitation, etc., as a Lymphoedema Specialist and has trained in the Vodder and Földi Methods of Complete Decongestive Therapy so knows all about Lipoedema and Lymphoedema.
Gudren explained what the Kinesio tape actually does and how it allows the lymph fluid to move more freely under the skin. The tape is claimed to lift the skin, increasing the space below it, and increasing blood flow and circulation of lymphatic fluid and lessen swelling. This increase in the interstitial space is said to lead to less pressure on the body's nociceptors, which detect pain, and to stimulate mechanoreceptors, to improve overall joint proprioception, so when Lipoedema sufferers can not tolerate compression garments due to experiencing pain when pressure is applied, kinesio taping may provide a solution.
Kinesio Taping is also 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. So again with a high percentage of Lipoedema ladies having Hypermobility it could indded help in this area too.
Gudrun held a workshop at the Big Meet showing how to apply the Kinesio Tape for different areas, some for fluid movement and other fixings for pain reduction.
The tape is designed to mimic human skin, with roughly the same thickness and imitates epidermis’ inherent elastic properties; the tape can be stretched 30-40% of its resting longitudinal length. It is a latex free material with acrylic adhesive, which is heat activated. The cotton fibers allow for evaporation and quicker drying leading to longer wear time, up to 6 days.