What is Kinesio Taping®

What is Kinesio Taping?

The Kinesio Taping method has taken the Rehabilitation and Sorts medicine world by storm. Developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase nearly 25 years ago in Japan, Kinesio Taping has become the gold standard for therapeutic rehabilitative taping. This method of taping uses a uniquely designed and patented tape for treatment of muscular disorders and lymphedema reduction.

Kinesio Taping® for shoulder instability

Four colors of Kinesio® Tex Tape

Since the introduction of Kineso Taping into the US, medical practicioners have recognized and embraced this effective, safe, and easy-to use modality. The method and tape allow the individual to receive the therapeutic benefits 24 hours per day because it can be worn for several days per application. Currently, Kinesio Taping is used in hospitals, clinics, universities, high schools, and by professional sports teams.

The Kinesio Taping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over contraction. The first technique gives the practitioner the opportunity to actually give support while maintaining full range of motion, enabling the individual to participate in physical activity with functional assistance. The second technique helps prevent overuse or over-contraction and help provide facilitation of lymph flow 24 hours per day. It is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation. Correctional techniques include mechanical, lymphatic, ligament / tendon, fascia, space, and functional. Kinesio Tex Tape can be used in conjunction with other therapies, including cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy, and electrical stimulation.

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How does this stuff work??

Kinesio Taping alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. The taped portion forms convolutions in the skin, thus increasing interstitial space. The result is that pressure and irritation are taken off the neural and sensory receptors, alleviating pain. Pressure is gradually taken off the lymphatic system, allowing it to drain more freely.

Scientific Explanation of Kinesio Tex Tape

Model of the skin without Kinesio® Tex Tape

Model of the skin with Kinesio® Tex Tape

Over a contusion, Kinesio® Tex Tape demonstrates the ability to increase circulation and facilitate lymphatic flow. These results are seen within 12 hours of application. Fan-shaped Kinesio® Tex Tape was placed directly over the bruise.