What is kinesiology taping?
Kinesiology taping was first developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan (1979). Dr. Kase identified that manual therapy, sports massage, physical therapy, and exercise rehabilitation was very effective when treating patients, however, these treatment modalities were believed to be temporary. Kinesiology taping was developed for his patients to use between appointments to help increase the efficiency of manual therapy and its long-term effects. Kinesiology tape was introduced to the United States of America in 1995 and then Europe in 1996 and now worldwide.
Kinesiology tape is 100% elastic, latex free and non-allergic. The tape has a wave-like pattern, which allows the stretch and the tape to breathe. The stretch is usually in a longitudinal axis (running lengthwise rather than across). The tape is very strong and can be applied with different tensions and techniques considering the treatment type. For example, the shoulder is an unstable joint and the use of Kinesiology tape can help avoid injury, dislocation or strains and sprains.
Who can use Kinesiology tape?
Kinesiology tape can be used by anyone who is looking to improve their range of movement/motion, muscle contraction, for pain relief and injury prevention. All populations, sports, and occupations can benefit from the use of kinesiology taping. Athletes are mostly seen with Kinesiology tape from amateur to professional level (Football, Olympics, Golf, Tennis, Rugby, American Football, Swimming, Rowing, Gymnastics, Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, Volleyball, Basketball, etc…). In recent years, many sports involving animals such as horse riding, equestrian, etc… also use Kinesiology taping to enhance their performance and avoid injury.
Kinesiology taping can benefit those who work long hours with jobs consisting of manual handling, heavy lifting, desk jobs where you’re in a constant position for some time. Specific taping techniques can help maintain the correct posture throughout your day, relieve pains and aches in the long term. Kinesio taping is widely used throughout the world by doctors, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, sports therapists and more.
Who should apply the Kinesiology tape?
A certified professional who has been fully trained with knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics should perform the taping. Kinesiology tape may look simple to apply, however, there are different combinations in terms of type, technique, and tension that can be applied considering the injury or aim of treatment.
What is Kinesiology tape used for?
Kinesiology taping can be applied for many different uses: rehabilitation, facilitate the body’s natural healing process, enhance movement and muscle contraction while providing support and stability to your muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints without restricting your normal range of motion.
Kinesiology can be applied for practically anything from acute musculoskeletal injuries to chronic. The tape is used to open fascial tissue to make manual manipulation and therapy more efficient and easier. It can also be used to take the pressure off overworking and overactive muscles to grow and repair efficiently.
If the person is suffering from an acute injury and there is swelling or bruising present, the kinesiology tape is used to drain fluids into the lymphatic ducts of the body and decrease overall swelling and bruising at the specific area.
The general population and professional athletes tend to suffer from low back pain through overworking/training or having poor posture for some time. Kinesiology tape can help decrease pain and discomfort in all areas of the body and target specific areas when needed.
Enhance Movement and Muscle Contraction
Kinesiology tape is very useful for alignment and posture as many people tend to slouch when working. The tape can help put the body in the correct position as you feel the pull/tension from the tape.
- Low Back Pain
- Tennis | Golfer’s Elbow
- Strains and Sprains
- Achilles Tendon Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Jumpers Knee
- Frozen Shoulder
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tendinitis and Tendinopathy
- Hip | Knee | Ankle | Wrist Injuries
- Neck | Shoulder | Elbow | Wrist Injuries
- Headaches | Migraines