Kinesio tape- what exactly is it?  You have seen it worn by athletes such as Kerri Walsh, Lance Armstrong and Serena Williams - but why? The tape was designed by Kenzo Kase, DC, who spent years in the 1970s researching and designing a special type of tape that could help the body's healing process.  He eventually designed kinesiolgy tape- "a flexible, latex-free tape that could be used on a wide array of populations from pediatric to geriatric, which would help treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions."  The tape has been found to have a variety of therapeutic benefits including physiological, structural, microcirculatory and neurosensory. 

According to Kenzo Kase, the Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion.  Kinesio Tape is different than standard athletic taping, which is typically used to restrict movement of a specific joint.  The kinesiology tape is meant to be utilized to support and stabilize the joints without restricting movement.  The kinesiology tape can also be worn for several days, typically 2 to 5, whereas the standard tape is usually only worn during practice or sporting events.

In order for the tape to be properly used an evaluation and assessment must be performed.  Once the assessment has been performed the tape may be applied to the specific target area.  The tape is applied and pulled to different degrees of tension depending on the desired effect and result.  The tape has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic system, circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints.  Physical therapists and other healthcare professionals use the kinesiology tape as a preventative or adjunct to other treatments.  Please feel free to ask one of the therapists at Sports Physical Therapy Institute trained in kinesio taping if this method is right for you! 

References:

Taking a look at Kinesiology Taping- Advance for Physical therapy and Rehab Medicine  www.advaceweb.com/PT

www.Kinesiotaping.com