Kinesio Taping Overview

What is Kinesio Taping?

Kinesio tape in action.Kinesio taping is a rehabilitative technique that is designed to assist the body in its own natural healing process. It helps provide support and stability to muscles, joints and fascia without restricting range of motion. This helps prolong the benefits of manual therapies such as joint mobilization and soft tissue therapy that has been done prior to kinesio taping. In acute cases where inflammation is present it assists in decreasing pain by promoting lymphatic drainage through microscopically lifting the skin, thus increasing the interstitial space and allowing fluid to drain away from the injured area. Essentially, kinesio taping works with the body’s neurological and circulatory systems. It is used on populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, sports, neurological and other medical conditions. This technique first made its prime time appearance during the medical care of beach volleyball athletes and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Kinesio Taping has been accepted by medical providers and athletes in countries like Canada, The United States, Japan, Europe, South America and other countries as well.

Kinesio Taping:
  • Creates a lifting effect on the skin’s surface, which improves circulation and relieves pain
  • May be applied using different amounts and directions of tension, so the tape has the ability to relax or stimulate muscles
  • Is made of gentle cotton fiber
  • Features a 100% medical-grade acrylic adhesive
  • Is totally latex free
  • Does not limit the wearers range of motion
  • Has distinctive wave-pattern weaves that move with the wearers movements
  • Allows for 3 to 5 days of wear time providing 24-hour therapy and results to the patient