What is Kinesio Taping?
“Kinesio Taping is spreading around the world. I am really pleased that we can help so many people in so many places to live better lives.” Dr. Kenzo Kase, Founder of Kinesio Taping.
Kinesio Tape, also called Kinesio Tex Tape is the original elastic adhesive tape developed in 1979 by Dr. Kenzo Kase. Kinesio tape is latex free, hypoallergenic, and wearable for days, often 3 to 5 days, but I have seen it work for patients for longer than a week. You don’t need to be an athlete to experience tension and soreness caused by strained, overused, and underused muscles. Kinesio Tape is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while simultaneously allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without the restriction of any range of motion. Kinesio Taping invests $1,000,000 a year to research and is continuously improving their techniques and products.
What makes Kinesio Tex Tape different from other similar tapes such as KT Tape and Rock Tape is the extensibility of the tape. It is made to mimic skin and stretch between 40 and 60% to help match the skin which stretches at 55%. This allows the wearer the ability to move without causing restriction and unnecessary pulling on the skin. Unlike athletic tapings, Kinesio Taping doesn’t restrict range of motion and is designed to be worn for longer periods of time. Tex Tape was created to work with and support the joints and muscles through motion, allowing you to continue your life while helping to re-train the neuromuscular and fascial system.
Kinesio Tape has hundreds of ways it can be applied depending on the individual’s assessment. Some of these methods are for acute or chronic pain, rehabilitation of an injury, increasing joint range of motion, taking tension and pressure off any painful areas, improving posture, and assisting with the prevention of repetitive movement and future injuries.
Kinesio Tex Tape was made for almost anyone with its resistance to water and allopathic properties. It is safe for pediatrics, geriatrics, non-athletic populations, beginner to high-profile athletes, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological, and other medical conditions. Another added benefit is the lack of side effects unlike most pain medication. It only takes seconds to see that it was applied correctly and for the benefits to start.
How does Kinesio Tape work?
The Kinesio Taping method is a therapeutic taping technique that uses their own original tape. Lifting the skin away from the underlying tissue. This space that is created between the muscle and the dermis allows for reduction in pressure and an increased flow of blood and lymphatic fluids in and out of the target area. The effects extend beyond fluid movement to include conditions such as orthopedic, neurological, neuromuscular, and some autonomic pathologies.
*Only $10.00 to add on any session or $20.00 per taping session (usually around 15 minutes)
A CKTP is a Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner.
Yes, the Kinesio Tape needs to be applied 30 minutes before an activity, but after that it should be active and even help optimize your game or event.
Yes, as long as the tape is applied correctly 30 minutes before going into the water. it should hold through your time in the water and only needs to be removed after if it begins to come off, otherwise, the porous property of the tape allows it to breathe and dry.
Yes, as long as the tape is applied correctly 30 minutes before the shower.
The only negative side effects if the taping is done incorrectly can be some minor skin irritation for those with sensitive skin and long lasting tan lines if worn in the sun for too long.
It is highly unlikely since we remove oils from the skin before applying the tape and the tape and acrylic adhesive are both hypoallergenic. Sometimes, however, people with sensitive skin will have some skin irritation, if that’s the case just inform me, and we can use some milk of magnesia which usually solves the issue.
Until it comes off or stops feeling effective, Kinesio Tape usually lasts 3 to 7 days.
You want to remove it away from any heat source, including in the shower since the adhesive on the tape is heat activated.
No, it’s mildly irritating and feels like your skin being pulled lightly, just remember to not remove the tape in a heated environment such as a hot shower or outside on a hot day.
*For more history or information, please check out the Official Kinesio Tape website: https://kinesiotaping.com