What is Kinesio Taping?
Kinesiotape was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan over 25 years ago. Dr. Kenzo’s objective was to create a therapeutic tape and taping technique which could support joints and muscles, without restricting range of motion. Unlike traditional standard taping techniques, such as athletic taping and strapping, which reduce range of motion, do not support the fascia; and, in some cases, inhibit the actual healing process of traumatized tissue, kinesiotape is identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows kinesiotape to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of movement.
Kinesiotape is a non-restrictive type of latex-free taping applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and support muscles in movement on a 24 hour/day basis. It is water-proof, so you may shower with it; and, it can be worn for days at a time.
Kinesiotape facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. The lifting effect forms convolutions in the skin, thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
Kinesiotape is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting.
Kinesiotape successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.
Here at Spine Options, our Physical Therapists certified in Kinesiotaping use the therapeutic tape as an adjunct to treatment to improve their patient’s function; not only offering the patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well.