It’s hard to miss those strips of brightly colored tape adorning the legs, arms and torsos of runners and athletes. It’s more than fashion that’s driving this trend. The tape is called Kinesio™ tape and many athletes believe it has medical benefits.
Kinesio Tape: A History
Kinesio™ tape has actually been around for quite a while. Kinesio™ tape was invented by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970’s. Kase believed that this flexible tape would stimulate better circulation to an injured muscle due to its tug on the skin.
What is Kinesio Tape?
This taping technique is applied over muscles to reduce pain, inflammation, relax overused muscles and facilitates muscles in movement. Since Kinesio™ tape is highly elastic and non-restrictive, it allows for full range of motion and function, unlike traditional sports tape. It also provides stabilization and support during daily activities—not just sports.
Let’s Breakdown the Benefits of Kinesio Taping
- Reduces pain
- Reduces inflammation
- Promotes circulation and healing
- Relieves acute and overuse injury
- Improves muscle function
- Provides support to a joint
- Prevents injury
- Re-educates neuromuscular system
Who is Using Kinesio Tape?
Along with the nonathletic and athletic population, Kinesio™ tape is being used by physical therapist, occupational therapists, certified athletic trainers, chiropractors, physicians, manual therapists, nurses and physiotherapists for many dysfunctions on a wide range of injury and dysfunctions.
What is Kinesio Tape Used For?
You can tape for many different uses which include the following:
- Jumpers knee
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Groin and hamstring pull
- Rotator cuff
- ACL issues
- Lower back pain
- Shin splints
- Tennis and golf elbow
- Pain associated with pregnancy
- Postural correction
- Skin and abrasion protection
Thinking about using Kinesio™ taping? We can help to show you how to use it properly and for what. Whether your goal is to get back on the golf course or bounce back from surgery, Contact Physical Therapy offers extensive experience and know-how to create the most effective rehabilitation program just for you. Schedule an appointment to receive friendly, professional, one-on-one attention from our knowledgeable board certified physical therapists.