What is Kinesio Tape?
In the recent 2016 summer Olympics, you might remember the hype surrounding Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, who was seen using cupping therapy to aid recovery. Back in 2012, at the London Olympics, the most noticeable accessory was brightly colored tape adorning the bodies of beach volleyball players in various stripes and patterns.
Kinesio Taping Method (KTM) is a therapeutic taping technique that offers patients and athletes the support they need to get through their daily activity or sports event while helping to rehabilitate conditions and injuries. KTM involves the application of a special nonrestrictive tape over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused or tired muscles and support muscles in movement.
Invented by a Japanese chiropractor, Kinesio tape relieves discomfort by decreasing inflammation and reducing pressure in the target area, which allows for more effective blood flow. Kinesio taping is not only for athletes; it can be used to help anyone from pediatric to geriatric patients and to treat virtually any condition including:
soft tissue injuries
carpal tunnel syndrome
lower back strain/pain
knee and shoulder conditions
How does it work?
- Can be applied in hundreds of ways based on the need / type of injury
- Reduces pain and inflammation
- Optimizes performance
- Prevents injury
- Promotes good circulation and healing
What is the tape made of?
- 100% made from a gentle cotton fiber strip
- 100% medical grade acrylic adhesive
- 100% latex-free
- safe for sensitive skin
- can be worn for 3-5 days
- lightweight, non-compression
All in all, the colored tape might look pretty, but it serves a greater purpose. Kinesio Tape provides a gentle and comfortable rehabilitative alternative for anyone with muscle and joint pain/inflammation.