What is Kinesiology Tape?
"Something better than any laser, wrap, or electric massager… the tape. It is a special hot-pink athletic tape that came from Japan... The pain disappeared--it was gone."
- Lance Armstrong, "Every Second Counts"
Kinesiology taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for preventive maintenance, edema, and pain management.
Kinesiology taping is based on the body's own natural healing process. This kinesiology taping activates the neurological and circulatory systems. This method stems from the science of Kinesiology. Muscles are not only attributed to movements of the body but they also control the circulation of venous and lymph flow, body temperature, etc. Meaning the failure of the muscles to function properly causes various symptoms. For this reason so much attention is given to the importance of muscle function and the idea of treating muscles in order to activate the body's own healing process. Using kinesio-tape allows muscles and other tissues to function with outside assistance.
Today, kinesiology taping is accepted by medical practitioners and athletes in the United States, Japan, Europe, South America and other Asian countries.
Kinesiology tape is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement. It is functional type of taping which allows for full range of motion without any restriction. Traditional sports' taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing flow of blood and lymph... an UNDESIRABLE side-effect.
Kinesiology tape is used for anything from shoulder pain to foot problems and everything in between.
- muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc)
- knee conditions
- shoulder conditions
- groin injury
- rotator cuff injury
- tennis elbow
- plantar fasciitis
- patella tracking
- pre and post surgical edema
- ankle sprains
- athletic injury prevention