Kinesiology Taping has been around since the early 1970’s when it was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase. What prompted the development of Kinesio Tex Tape was a need to allow for full range of motion to be achieved by an athlete while being taped. This wasn’t possible with athletic tape and strapping. Since then, Kinesio tape, often known by is other brand names, has been rapidly gaining popularity since the 2012 London Olympics.
The four major factors that K-tape helps to control are as follows:
- Supporting the muscle — Proper taping improves the muscle’s ability to contract even when it’s weakened, reduces a feeling of pain and fatigue, and protects the muscle from cramping, over-extension and over-contraction.
- Removing congestion to the flow of body fluids — Kinesiology tape improves blood and lymphatic circulation and reduces inflammation and excess chemical buildup in the tissue.
- Activating the endogenous analgesic system — “Endogenous” refers to something that is self-originating, and calling something “analgesic” means that it can relieve pain in a conscious person. So, this requirement means that the tape must facilitate the body’s own healing mechanisms, a central focus in chiropractic medicine.
- Correcting joint problems — The goal is improving range of motion and adjusting misalignments that result from tightened muscles.
Common injuries that can benefit from K-tape:
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Plantar Fascitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Tennis/Golfer Elbow
- Swelling Reduction
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Runner’s Knee
- Sprain/Strain Injuries