Kinesiology Taping

Kinesio 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!

Benefits of 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.

It can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal 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
  • Bruising

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.