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!