Kinesio Tape is a therapeutic taping technique that alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting effect forms convolutions in the skin increasing interstitial space and allowing for decreased inflammation in affected areas.
How does this treatment work
When applied correctly, the unique elasticity causes the skin to form convolutions and wrinkles. This decompresses the tissue immediately below the skin. It is believed that this has three main effects:
- Fluid effect– improving blood and lymphatic flow in the taped area
- Mechanical effect– improving the slide and glide between tissue layers
- Neurological effect– altering the perception of pain and improving body awareness.
Kinesio Tape has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities. Kinesio Tape is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases of an injury as well as being used for preventative measures.
Kinesio Tape is safe enough for a baby’s sensitive skin, and gentle enough for aging individuals, flexible enough for rehabilitation, durable enough to support working muscles, joints, or ligaments, and strong enough for athletes at any level.
Kinesio Tape is applied over the affected area with the muscles in a stretched position. The tape is then applied from one end of the muscle to the other with very little to no stretch on the tape itself.