What is Kinesio Taping?

tapeHave you heard of Kinesio taping? Well, if you’ve watched professional sports or the Olympics over the past several years, you may have noticed brightly colored strips of tape applied to parts of the athlete’s body. That is Kinesio taping, and here’s what it is and how it works!

What it is

A Japanese chiropractor, Kenzo Kase, developed Kinesio taping methods in the late 70’s, but it’s a recent addition to the sports scene in the US. When the tape is applied correctly it can inhibit, facilitate or increase circulation to the areas it has been applied to for specific needs. It is used in addition to stretching and strengthening exercises in order to get the best results.

Who Benefits?

The truth is that you don’t have to be a world class athlete to benefit from Kinesio tape. People who have trigger points in the neck and upper back area, shoulders that need improved posture, knee pain, ankles that over-pronate, swelling from injury, and even surgery incisions can benefit from taping.

Why Tape?

This tape is special because it has elastic properties that don’t restrict the body’s range of motion while it provides support and stabilization to the muscle or joint. This tape is made to stretch with your skin and give you unrestricted movement.

When to Get Taped

Kinesio tape helps in conjunction with therapies, like chiropractic, to help reduce pain, re-educate the neuromuscular system, increase circulation, optimize performance and even prevent injury. Your chiropractor can discuss with you whether using Kinesio tape would be beneficial for you. Just remember, taping is not a cure but merely a component of the rehab process to get your body where it needs to be.

How Long Does the Tape Stay On?

This tape has a special glue that is activated by the heat from your body, so it sticks really well when exercising. It usually stays on for about two to five days before it loses its elastic properties and positive effects. You can even shower with the tape on because it is waterproof!

What Else You Should Know

Kinesio taping is a very specific technique that should only be done by trained professionals. Ask your chiropractor about it or look to see who in your area is equipped to apply the tape correctly. Don’t be shy about asking, either. Most of Kineso taping is done on non-athletes, so there are benefits for everyone!

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