This amazing method has revolutionized the sports medicine world. It was developed by chiropractor, Dr. Kenzo Kase of Japan. According to Dr. Kase, “Kinesio-taping is a rehabilitative, therapeutic modality based on the body’s own natural healing process.”
Kinesio-tape is quite different from conventional sports taping. The goal of conventional taping is to constrict and immobilize movement of an injured muscle or joint. Usually several layers of tape are rolled around or over an affected area, which creates pressure and a reduction of flow of bodily fluids. Dr. Kaze determined that this was not a desired effect. Kinesio-taping on the other hand, is based on a totally different philosophy. It actually prevents muscles from contracting too much. It also stimulates the flow of lymph fluid, which is critical to repair and regeneration of tissues. Its purpose is to provide a free range of motion, allowing your body’s muscular system to heal itself through its own natural mechanics.
Kinesio Tex Tape has the ability to:
- Re-educate the neuromuscular system
- Reduce pain
- Enhance performance
- Prevent injury
- Promote good circulation and healing
Who Is Using Kinesio Tape In World Of Sports? (Actually over 85% of applications are non-athletic)
*Over 75% of MLB teams & Over 75% of NFL teams as of 2008
*International Pro Soccer Leagues (Most notably David Beckham)
*Professional Cycling Teams (Most notably the US Postal Service Team and the Discovery Team)
“It’s something better than any laser, wrap, or electric massager…it’s the tape. It is this special hot-pink tape that came from Japan and has these special powers. My Chiropractor taped us all up, different parts of our bodies..Georges back…Chechu’s knees… But the next day the pain disappeared-it was gone.”
Lance Armstrong “Every Second Counts”
Who whould have thought that one of Lance Armstrong’s most guarded therapy secret for his Tour de France victories would turn out to be an unassuming roll of stretchy pink tape.. But that’s exactly what I learned from Dr. Jeff Spencer DC, who was Lance’s “secret weapon” during all of those championships. According to Dr. Spencer, at the Tour, Lance and his fellow team cyclists were typically covered with pink tape underneath their riding uniforms. After each stage of the Tour, the riders received Erchonia Cold Laser treatments, slept in “Earthing” recovery bags, got chiropractic adjustments before every stage… and lots of Kinesio-tape.
*Tennis Professionals (most notably Serena Williams)
Here’s how Kinesio-tape works:
Kinesio-tape lifts your skin gently, which permits blood and lymph to flow more easily underneath the treated area. This reduces swelling and pain. Its unique design simulates human skin in thickness and weight. It stretches, unlike most conventional athletic tape. Remember: Kinesio-tape functions to move with your muscles; not restrict them. Kinesio-tape is also heat activated and quite durable. It is typically worn for 3-4 days. It’s made from high-grade cotton, so it breathes well, and it’s latex-free for sensitive skin.
Because Kinesio-tape supports muscle, it helps improve muscle contraction in weak muscles. It reduces muscle fatigue and prevents excessive exertion, contraction and cramping, while simultaneously increasing range of motion. Kinesio-tape improves blood and lymphatic circulation and reduces excess heat in the injured tissues.
Since Kinesio tape helps the nervous system as well it can be an important part of any treatment protocol. Instead of covering up pain in other ways , we utilize the tape to stimulate healing and repair, in conjunction with graston, electrical stimulation, manual therapy techniques including chiropractic adjustments.
At Austin Sports & Wellness we use Kinesio Taping as an adjunct to your adjustments and to soft tissue therapy because it gives support and stability to your joints and muscles. It can dramatically speed the rehabilitation process by lessening pain and improving tolerance to movement. With over 35 years of being in the market, Kinesio® is the only elastic therapeutic tape that you can trust with your health. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding Kinesio Taping.
Dr. Russ Jepson is a fully certified Kinesio Taping Practioner. He finished his courses and studies in kinesio tape in the summer of 2010.