What is Kinesio Taping®?
Kinesio Taping® was developed by a chiropractor, Dr. Kenzo Kase
approximately 25 years ago. It has now become the gold standard for
therapeutic and rehabilitative taping. The proprietary method of taping
utilizes patented and especially designed tape for clinical management
of numerous musculoskeletal disorders as well as aiding in reduction of
One of its unique taping methods assists in
restoring proper muscle function by taping over and around muscles to
prevent over-contraction or under-contraction. Unlike traditional
taping methods that typically are designed to restrict motion, Kinesio
Taping will actually provide structural support while allowing full
function and range of motion. This provides the individual functional
assistance and support during the performance of their activity.
Another technique which is typically utilized in the acute stage of
injury and the rehabilitation process, This method of taping is
designed to help reduce overuse or over-contraction and can provide
facilitation of lymphatic flow for an extended period of time. The
typical techniques that are used with Kinesio Taping include mechanical
correction, ligament and or tendon correction, Functional taping,
lymphatic drainage technique, fascial and space corrections. This
method of taping can and often is used in conjunction with traditional
rehabilitation methods and physiotherapeutic modalities.
Kinesio Taping was designed to provide therapeutic
benefit 24 hours per day. The water-resistant tape is worn for multiple
days, usually no more than 5 consecutive days, allowing it to provide
the individual ongoing therapeutic benefit during their daily
activities. This approach helps to enhance recovery and can greatly
minimize the amount of time typically needed for rehabilitation and
treatment. Since its introduction into United States various
practitioners of the healing arts including MD's, DC's, PT's, OTC's and
ATC's have been effectively using this therapeutic method in hospitals,
clinics, high schools, universities as well as in professional sports.
Kinesio Taping® Method Applications
are multiple methods of application utilizing the tape's elastic
design. The degree of the stretch used by the practitioner while
applying the tape, along with the direction of the tape application
determines the therapeutic outcome desired. The theory behind two of
the most commonly used methods of taping (facilitation or inhibition)
is to either increase or decrease the neurological input of a muscle so
as to either facilitate or inhibit its recruitment by the nervous
system. The intention is to help retrain the nervous system in proper
muscle recruitment patterns and decrease overuse and synergistic
dominance that typically results from it.
In the lymphatic drainage method the Kinesio Tape is
applied with little to no tension. This will allow for a "lift" of the
superficial skin layer. This "lift" will in turn help reduce the
internal pressure created by the increase in the interstitial fluid,
(typically caused by acute trauma) and provide for less resistance
along the body's lymphatic channels and circulatory systems. The
reduction of pressure provides for a more rapid absorption of the
fluids that have accumulated in or around the tissue being treated. In
this method a web shaped design of the Kinesio tape is applied over and
around the swollen tissues. The tape is usually funnel shaped when
applied, pointing toward the closest lymphatic drainage channel.
In another method, where
ligament or tendon correction is desired the Kinesio tape is stretched
to a specific tension level in order to aids these structures along
with their function. Again, there is no restriction of motion; only the
added elasticity of the tape to aid the tendon or ligament in its
specific function while the body works on repairing the damage and the
clinician is assisting the individual with the rehabilitation process.
the functional taping technique the tape is stretched to its maximum
and applied over the overused muscle(s). This will allow for a
"rebound" effect and will help minimize the amount of force needed for
the contraction of the muscle in question.
all application caution is exercised to prevent lateral shearing
forces. This even more important when treating the geriatric population
who may have systemic illness, traumatized, fragile or hypersensitive
skins. Improper application of Kinesio Tape can cause micro trauma and
result in blistering of the skin causing increased edema and itching.
Lack of proper application may also cause overstimulation of the body's
sensory nerves known as nociceptors resulting in increased pain.
is therefore highly recommended that Kinesio Tape be applied only by
properly trained and certified Kinesio Taping professionals. Dr. Hamid Sadri
has successfully completed the training and certification process and
is a full body Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP).