Kinesio Taping provides support and stability for your joints and muscles without impairing circulation and range of motion. Kinesio Taping can also be useful for preventive maintenance of injury, edema (swelling), and pain management. Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process and works via the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This taping method stems from the science of kinesiology, hence the name “kinesio”, which means ‘human movement’.
Muscles of the human body are not only responsible for body movement, but they also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly can produce various of symptoms. If one can improve the health and function of muscle tissue, it is likely to affect circulation, lymphatic drainage, and tissue repair. This concept became the basis for the development of the Kinesio Taping technique. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that the function of muscles and other tissues could be assisted by an external support. Application of Kinesio Taping provides a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs.
For the first 10 years, orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and other medical practitioners were the primary users of Kinesio Taping. Soon thereafter, Kinesio Taping was used by the Japanese Olympic Volleyball Team and word quickly spread to other athletes. Today, Kinesio Taping is accepted by medical practitioners and athletes in Japan, United States, Europe, South America, and other Asian countries.
The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement for 24hr/day. It is non-restrictive form of taping which allows full range of motion even when the tape is applied. This is in contrast to traditional sports taping, whereby tape is often wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event. This results in obstructing the flow of bodily fluids… an UNDESIRABLE side-effect in the long-term.
Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.