Kinesio taping was developed in the 1970’s by the American Chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase. Through his clinical experience he realised that the majority of joint pain arose from problems in the muscles and myofascial tissues that surround a joint. He developed the Kinesiology taping approach as a therapy to correct abnormalities in the muscles and fascia.
What is Kinesio Taping?
Kinesio taping has been around for nearly 40 years but it is its growing use in sport over the last decade that has caught the public’s attention. People often wonder what those brightly coloured strips of tape are stuck to the bodies of sportsmen and women. The brightly coloured tape is Kinesiology tape. It has similar properties to human skin in that it has the same thickness as the epidermis layer of the skin and can stretch to 130-140% just as can skin. The tape is made from cotton and on one side has a layer of fine acrylic glue that has been applied at intervals. This arrangement allows the skin to breathe and for the tape to crinkle on application which has the effect of lifting the skin and fascia from the underlying muscles which goes towards the benefits of the tape.
What are the benefits of Kinesio Taping?
The four major benefits and effects of Kinesio taping are:
- Normalisation of muscle function
- Improved circulation of blood and lymph
- Pain reduction
- Correct misalignments of joints and tissues.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is kinesio taping just for athletes?
A. No. kinesio taping can help anyone with muscular pain.
Q. Does kinesio tape cause skin reactions.
A. No cases have been reported but I would not advise its use with skin conditions such as Eczema etc.
Q. How long can you wear the tape?
A. The tape can be worn for up to 4 or 5 days. You can also bathe with tape on. The tape should be dried using a hair dryer.
Q. Will my treatment cost more if kinesio tape is used.
A. No, you will not be charged extra. I use kinesio tape as an adjunct to osteopathic treatment.