With the Olympics going on this week, I have gotten many questions regarding all the tape being worn by the many different athletes. It is Kinesio tape, which has many different uses and effects on the body.
There are different brands of tape on the market that utilize some of the same properties. However, in the late 1970’s Dr. Kenzo Kase, a chiropractor in Tokyo, developed Kinesio tape and the Kinesio tape method. It was constructed to facilitate the body’s healing process and extend the benefits of treatment.
What is Kinesio tape and how does it work?
The tape is 100% latex free made from cotton fiber strips. It is hypoallergenic and is water resistant to allow consumers to wear it for multiple days. The tape was designed to not limit range of motion and to effectively facilitate or inhibit a muscle action. It can also be used to decrease swelling or bruising that arise from injury or surgery.
When the tape is applied, it creates a microscopic lift of the skin allowing for improved blood flow. It has the ability to decrease inflammation, promote muscle re-education and prevent injury. This is why we see many athletes apply it before a competition.
Kerra Pietsch, LPTA, CFNC
Andover Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Consultants Inc. August 10th, 2016
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