What is Kinesio Taping and Can it Help Me?
The Kinesio Taping Method was developed 30 years ago by Dr. Kenzo Kase, and since has been studied more than 500 times in 25 countries showing positive clinical outcomes. Since its development, taping techniques have refined and the tape itself has improved. The Kinesio Taping Method is a great tool that can help different types of people with pain and functional problems.
What is Kinesio Tape?
Kinesio Tape is an elastic tape (non latex) that can enhance the function of many different tissues and have a physiologic effect. It can be worn up to 3-5 days at a given time for maximal, long-lasting benefits. The goal of the tape is to help the body return to a state of normalcy.
Who can it help?
Almost anybody! It is great for most people of all ages from the athlete to the office worker. The tape can improve acute to chronic orthopedic conditions and everything in between. Here are just a few examples of what it can help with:
- Achilles tendonitis
- carpal tunnel
- low back pain
- shoulder tendonitis
- plantar fasciitis
- joint support
It can help with posture, muscle imbalance, ligament and tendon support, scars, and even neurological conditions.
How does Kinesio Tape work?
The area of the body that the tape is applied, the amount of stretch on the tape, and the direction of the stretch will all dictate what the tape will accomplish. The elastic properties of the tape stimulate receptors in the skin, fascia, and muscle. Depending on how the tape is applied, these receptors send signals to the brain. The tape can inhibit muscle action, facilitate muscle action, mechanically correct ligament and tendon issues, decrease edema and swelling, and improve the mobility of underlying fascia.
How can I receive Kinesio Taping?
The best ways to receive the most benefit from Kinesio Taping is to have it performed by a trained professional. Kinesio Taping is one of many tools that can assist in recovery and rehabilitation but it is not the only one. It works best when accompanied by other hands-on techniques and appropriate stretching/strengthening. An AZOPT physical therapist can provide these treatments to help you return to function, and function better!