Kinesio taping is a therapeutic taping technique which alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. The tape is supporting and stabilizing joints, muscles, and ligaments as they bend, contract, and extend.
Taping applications can be applied in hundreds of ways and mainly beneficial as followings:
* have the ability to reduce pain and inflammation
* correction of posture, flatfoot
* stabilize joints
* promotes post-surgical healing
* optimize movement performance
* prevent injury
* promotes good circulation
* assists the body’s natural healing process
The tape is made of tightly woven elasticated cotton (97%) and nylon (3%) fibres. Quality of these raw materials is critical to how well the tape wears and how well it resists plastic deformation. The glue on the tape is acrylic, highly durable and waterproof so tape can be worn for up to a week withstanding vigorous movement, sweat and total emersion in water.
The Kinesio Taping technique was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan. He found that standard taping techniques, such as athletic taping and strapping, provided muscle and joint support, however, they reduced range of motion, did not support the fascia and, in some cases, inhibited the actual healing process of traumatised tissue. A new treatment approach was needed and this became the Kinesio taping technique.
Me as a therapist completed the official certified Kinesio Taping Association International course supervised by Dr. Kase and only using the original tapes developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase himself.