Kinesio Tape was created and developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1973.
The Kinesio Taping Method is felt to cause neurophysiological effects on several body systems.
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The kinesiotape has no medicinal properties. Depending on the how the tape is placed is in direct congruence with how it works although some would say it does not matter which direction the tape is place, whether proximal or distal.
What Kinesio Tape Does
The tape is used to decrease pain, promote improved circulation, decrease swelling, decrease muscle spasms, improve joint mobility, and minimize scar tissue formation.
The tape has the following properties: it has an adhesive backing; it is thin (can barely be felt when applied) and has elastic properties in one direction (longitudinally). The tape comes in various widths. There are a number of knock offs to the tape, some which have better sustainability then others.
Once the tape is applied it can be left in place for up to 5 days and can be worn in the shower. Do not use a hair dryer to dry the tape as the adhesive backing will become tackier and when the tape is removed it may pull the skin off with it.
Who Can Wear The Tape
The tape has been used on sports figures, in pediatric settings, adult and geriatric patients. Some people maybe sensitive to the adhesive backing and develop skin irritations to the tape; otherwise most tolerate it well. People who should probably avoid using the tape include those who have thin skin, have skin allergies, are on anticoagulant medications, and have decreased sensation.
How The Tape Works.
The tape does not limit joint mobility but enhances it. Once the tape is applied it pulls the upper layers of skin, creating more space between the dermis and the muscle. This space is believed to help relieve pressure on the lymph channels in the area between the muscle and the dermis improving lymph flow.
“This space also houses various nerve receptors that send specific information to the brain the information that these receptors send to the brain causes a less reactive response in the body, allowing the body to work in a more normal manner and removing some of the roadblocks that normally slow down the healing process.” (Medicine.net)
The tape has been used for mild lymphedema, decreased bleeding from contusions, to provide mild stability to the joint, improved elasticity to decrease fascial restrictions, improve gliding of the muscles and tendons, reduce hypertrophic scaring.
Cost: minimal $11-$20/roll
Can be purchased online, at CVS, and Walgreen Pharmacies
Application: usually provided by Physical or Occupational Therapist, Athletic Trainer, Chiropractor (someone specifically trained in the application).