The Kinesio Taping Technique exhibits its efficacy through the activation of the neurological and circulatory systems by applying an elastic tape over the body, insertion and or origin of a muscle. The method is rooted in the science of Kinesiology, hence the name “Kinesio”. Muscles not only attribute to the movements of the body, but they also regulate the circulation of venous and lymph flows along with helping regulate body temperature. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms. Kinesio Tape works by giving support and stability to the joints and muscles while also promoting circulation and range of motion.
For the first 10 years, orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of Kinesio Taping. Soon thereafter, Kinesio Taping was used by the Japanese Olympic volleyball players and word quickly spread to other athletes. Today, Kinesio Taping is used by medical practitioners and athletes around the world.
The Kinesio Taping Method is used to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion. In contrast, traditional sports taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids as an undesirable side-effect.
Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain from joint dysfunction and/or 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.