Kinesiology tape is different than other athletic tapes on the market in that it stretches along it’s longitudinal axis, but not across it’s width which allows it to move with the body. This is the only athletic tape that does not restrict range of motion in any way when it is applied. When kinesiology tape is applied to the skin (or in the case of animals to the hair), it mechanically decompresses the skin and the underlying tissues. When tape is applied to an animal, the tape lifts the hair, which in turn lifts the skin and accomplishes the same decompression seen in people. The decompression action promotes increased blood and lymph flow, which decreases inflammation and relieves pressure from free nerve endings. As the person or animal moves with the tape on, the tape stimulates nerves called mechanoreceptors with every movement. The tape acts as a natural pain reliever because stimulation of mechanoreceptors inhibits nociceptors (the pain generators). The more mechanoreceptors that are stimulated, the less pain will be perceived. Movement with the tape on also stimulates nerves called prorioceptors, which contribute to the brain’s sense of where the body’s parts are in space and throughout movement. Often times, proprioceptive input is altered in people and animals due to past injuries and misalignments. The tape can help stimulate proper proprioception and in turn promote proper movement.