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Kinesio Taping

Primarily used for sports performance, pain management and physical therapy, Kinesio Taping provides support and stability to the muscles and joints without limiting range of motion.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: September 28, 2012

There's a reason why Olympic competitors at the 2012 London Games were seen sporting tape of various shapes and hues along with their bronze, silver and gold medals. Primarily used for sports performance, pain management and physical therapy, Kinesio Taping provides support and stability to the muscles and joints without limiting range of motion. Used by medical and sports professionals worldwide, Kinesio Taping involves the use of a specialized elastic adhesive to relax overused muscles and support movement in the back, neck, shoulders, knees, wrists and feet.

The origins of Kinesio Taping: The Kinesio Taping Method was established in 1979 by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese practitioner of chiropractic medicine and acupuncture. Dr. Kase published his first of more than 20 books on Kinesio Taping in 1982, and has continued to research and clinically test the efficacy of his invention ever since.

Benefits Of Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Tape is a non-restrictive tool that allows for full range of motion—a factor that can be advantageous especially for athletes. It can reduce pain, optimize physical performance, prevent and rehabilitate injury and promote circulation. Those who may benefit include individuals dealing with sports injuries and conditions that affect the muscles and joints, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain, knee and shoulder issues and more.

What To Expect

For the best results, Kinesio Tape should be applied by a certified professional, such as a chiropractor, physical therapist or other trained physician. Tape should be administered along the affected muscle while it is extended fully. Heat (usually generated by rubbing the tape) activates the glue which holds the Kinesio Tape in place.

Specialized equipment: Kinesio Tape is designed to exhibit similar qualities as human skin, including texture and elasticity.

Preparation: Kinesio Tape should be applied to oil, sweat and lotion-free skin approximately one hour before engaging in physical activity.

Risks

Skin irritation is possible for individuals with dermatological sensitivities or if the tape is applied incorrectly.

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