Kinesio Tape

What is Kinesio Tape?

Kinesio Tape®, also called Kinesio Tex Tape, is an elastic adhesive tape developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1979.

Kinesio Tape is latex-free, hypoallergenic and can be worn for days at a time. It utilizes an elastic form of tape that does not restrict motion. It is safe for most populations from elite athletes, weekend warriors to geriatric and pediatric patients.

Kinesiotaping® involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support, or to prevent over-contraction. Kinesio Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce inflammation, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.

Kinesio Taping is a supportive treatment method which holds the patient’s muscles and joints in a more optimal posture. The unique properties of Kinesio Tape mimic the superficial layer

of your skin, allowing it to hold firm and stretch up to 60% beyond its resting length. It is also water resistant, which allows it to be wearable continuously for three to five days.

Kinesio taping therapy works in two ways. First, it stimulates skin receptors to enhance the patient’s sense of body positioning (proprioception) in order to encourage improved posture and reduce pain. Second, the elastic Kinesio tape raises the skin and tissues in the affected area, promoting better circulation of blood and lymph fluid, which also reduces pain

What Is KinesioTape Used For?

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Jumpers knee (PFS)
  • ACL/MCL issues
  • Rotator cuff
  • Groin and hamstring pull
  • Lower back issues
  • Shin splints
  • Tennis and golf elbow
  • Pain associated with pregnancy
  • Postural correction
  • Skin & abrasion protection

How Does KinesioTaping Help?

  • Improving the contraction of weakened muscles
  • Reducing muscle fatigue and spasms
  • Reducing over-stretching and over-contraction of muscles
  • Re-educating muscles through sensory feedback
  • Lessening edema (swelling) by aiding the lymphatic system
  • Minimizing post-traumatic or post-surgical bruising through improved circulation
  • Helping mobilize scar tissue by enhancing glide between tissue layers
  • Helping correct joint mechanics by aiding muscle function around the joint
  • Relieving pain by activating the natural analgesic system in our skin receptors

Please note that if your issues are severe or do not improve within a day of using Kinesiology Tape, you should seek help from a medical professional. 

Is it the tape or the technique that gives such great results?

The technique is the most important aspect in achieving the greatest therapeutic results. But the full benefits of the Kinesio® Taping Method were not possible until Kinesio® Tex Tape was developed. The Kinesio® Taping Method requires a tape that is patient and skin-friendly, possesses optimum elastic qualities, is the same thickness as the skin, and is durable enough to stay on for multiple days, even through sweating and showers.

How is the KinesioTape Applied?

Kinesio Tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The tape is applied over the affected area with the muscles in a stretched position. Then the tape is applied from one end of the muscle to the other with very little to no stretch on the tape itself. The tape is applied from the origin to insertion of the muscle for support and from insertion to origin for rehabilitation. It can be placed on the skin as an “I” strip, modified to an “X”, “Y” or other specialized shapes. It can be modified through the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application.