What Is It?
Kinesio tape is simply the brand name of a flexible fabric tape. The Kinesio Taping Method has taken the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine world by storm. Developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase nearly 25 years ago in Japan, Kinesio Taping has become the gold standard for therapeutic rehabilitative taping. The proprietary method of taping uses a uniquely designed and patented tape for treatment of muscular disorders and lymphedema reduction. There are now many different types of tape that are similar: Rock Tape, KT Tape, and Spider Tech to name a few.
What is sports taping and how is it used?
There are many different types of sports tape and multiple ways and reasons that a particular tape may be used. Sports taping primarily helps in situations where a patient has experienced injuries to the joints and soft tissues. It helps in recovering from damage or trauma be increasing blood flow and decreasing swelling while offering cues to proper movement patterns. A sports chiropractor has extensive training in advanced taping techniques and can identify what type of tape and procedure best supports your specific injury.
Functional tape, such as Kinesio Tape, Rock Tape or KT Tape, are used for a few different reasons. The first reason is to decrease pain while not limiting range of motion. Functional tape, like Kinesio Tape, is also used to help lift the skin and guide inflammation back to the heart and out of an injured area. At the subconscious level, Kinesio tape can help overactive muscles calm down and can help inactive muscle increase their activity. This function is extremely helpful in treating patients with repetitive strain and stress injuries and advanced compensation patterns. Lastly, when functional tape pulls, it helps an individual consciously recognize that they are having poor posture so that they can correct their position.
White tape is another type of sports tape. It is used for various conditions and sports taping jobs. One of the most well known reasons to use 1.5 inch white tape is for stabilizing ankle sprains.
As a sports chiropractor, I've worked with many athletes including professional disc golfers, rock climbers, and professional runners. It's even been helpful during my wife's pregnancy. Our sports chiropractic techniques are equally well suited for athletes such as swimmers, cyclists, football players, or those sitting at a desk all day.
Since the introduction of Kinesio Taping into the US, medical practitioners from PTs, ATCs, OTs, DCs, MTs, to MDs have recognized and embraced this effective, safe, and easy-to-use modality. The method and tape allow the individual to receive the therapeutic benefits 24 hours per day because it can be worn for several days per application.