Kinesiology Taping is a modality or method using elastic tape to assist in reduction of pain as well as assist with increasing functional range of motion to most body parts. Kinesiology tape was developed roughly 35 years ago by Japanese Chiropractor Kenso Kase. He used tape to relieve multiple types of pain from acute and chronic injuries, swelling and mechanical corrections on his patients. Kinesiology tape is now a mainstream product that is used in conjunction with good manual therapy or hands on skills and exercise programs.
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- How does Kinesiology Taping work?
- Kinesiology Taping works in three parts. First, it will lift the skin up to relieve pressure on nerve receptors in the different levels of the skin. When nerve receptors are impinged, they shut down blood flow. Secondly, this lifting of tissue is helpful to then allow improved or more normalized blood flow to an area of acute or chronic pain which will decrease swelling to an area and also pain. Next, these corrections of tissue will also reduce tension on soft tissue such as muscle or tendon. This occurs by the tape being placed at and angle with a specific tension to mimic skin movements while reducing the tension on a painful area such as the Achilles tendon or plantar fascia for example.
- Who can benefit from Kinesiology Taping?
- Kinesiology Taping is often seen in major sports but may be most notable in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. However, it is just as significant for the weekend warrior, marathon runner or post surgical patient as an adjunct to good physical therapy interventions.