Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) Mitigation – First Aid Tactics for the Worker
Kinesiology tape is an elastic and breathable fabric tape that is used, for decades, to reduce muscle soreness and improve the range of motion in the joints. It is often used by athletes to minimize pain and support the muscles during physical activities. This type of tape has become increasingly popular in the distribution industry due to its ability to provide support to the body while working in an often physically demanding job, aiding in mitigating common MSD’s experienced in the workplace.
Kinesiology tape has many benefits for distribution workers. For example, it can help reduce stress and discomfort caused by the daily lifting and carrying of heavy objects. It can also reduce the risk of injuries caused by repetitive motion and poor posture. Additionally, it can help bring awareness to the body part aiding in the ability to move it effectively and efficiently.
Finally, kinesiology tape can help with managing local swelling that might be associated with micro-trauma to the tissues associated with job tasks, leading to less discomfort and better production.
Overall, kinesiology tape can be an extremely beneficial tool for distribution workers. By Providing support, pain relief, and improved proprioception, it can improve the overall quality of the worker’s job and help to reduce the risks of workplace injuries.
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By Steeve Capobianco, Head of RockTape Education