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Kinesio Taping

The application of Kinesio Tape helps to - 

  • Reduce swelling / inflammation

  • Reduce scar tissue

  • Reduce muscle activity

  • Reduces pain (neurological suppression)

  • Provides support without restricting range of movement.

KINESIOLOGY TAPING

So, what is Kinesiology Tape?

Kinesiology (Kinesio) tape is a thin, very stretchy elasticated cotton strip that has an adhesive sticky backing. It can be stretched longitudinally upto 120-180% of its original size. With the thickness and elasticity aiming to be similar to that of human skin.

It was developed in the 1970’s by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese Chiropractor who wanted a tape that provided support but didn’t limit movement like some other tapes do (zinc oxide tape) - To help with alleviating pain and improving the healing in soft tissue injuries.

It has since become a popular therapeutic ‘tool’ within Sports – if you ever watch athletic performances / Olympics I’m sure you’ve noticed several athletes with brightly coloured strips of tape on them!

And as well as being used in sports, it can also be used for non-sports related conditions i.e. severe bruising, swelling and postural issues.

Kinesio tape when properly applied can last upto 3-5 days, and is both waterproof and breathable. It can be worn during everyday life, exercise, showering/bathing and even swimming!

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It can benefit a wide variety of musculo-skeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions including - 

  • Tennis Elbow / Golfers Elbow

  • Achilles Tendonitis

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Hamstring Strain

  • Quadricep Strain

  • Neck Strain

  • Shin Splints

  • Lower Back Strain

To name a few 

 

Kinesiology taping is not a ‘stand-alone’ treatment and can easily be used alongside other massage/physical therapy techniques.

A full assessment should always be carried out by a therapist first to determine if the use of tape is required and the best way to use it.