What is the Kinesio® Taping Method?
Kinesio Taping was developed by a Japanese chiropractor, Kenzo Kase, in the early 70’s. Dr. Kase was looking for ways to continue to treat his patients after they left his office. Through the application of the tape Dr. Kase found he was able to extend therapeutic times, as patients are able to wear the tape for 3-5 days at a time. The use of Kinesio Tape has spread all over the world and is now used in almost all sporting events. Many first became aware of this product as the “tape used at the Olympics.”
It has evolved to provide support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for preventive maintenance, swelling, edema, and to treat pain.
The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles or joints to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.
In contrast, traditional sports’ taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event.
Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain, knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury, and as a support for joint or muscle.
Cornerstones of the Kinesio® Taping Method: (as described by the official website www.kinesiotaping.com)
- Taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction.
- Applying stretch to the tape or to the target area in order to create space under the skin and create the desired effect on the musculature.
- Affecting change in deeper layers of fascia by manipulating the skin and muscle.
- Creating space underneath the skin to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage.
- Utilizing a number of corrective techniques to promote correct muscle and joint function
- Pain relief by targeting the pain and the source of the pain
Muscle Relaxtion Vs Muscle Facilitation
Apply tape from the end of the muscle to the beginning (Insertion to Origin)
Used to relax tired or overused muscles (therapy)
Apply tape from the beginning of the muscle to the end (Origin to Insertion)
Used to stimulate weak or underused muscles (rehabilitation)