There are many different brands of kinesiology tape today, but the original product was branded as Kinesio tape or Kinesio Tex Tape. in the late 1970s, it was developed by a Japanese chiropractor by the name of Dr. Kenzo Kase. his goal was to create a tape that didn’t limit movement in the way traditional athletic tapes do but still would provide the necessary support.
Kinesiology tape is a therapeutic tape that is applied to give the body support, lessen pain, reduce swelling and improve performance.
Kinesio tape is made with a proprietary blend of cotton and nylon. This design allows it to mimic the skin’s elasticity so it can be used and won’t deny the user full range of motion. The medical-grade adhesive on the tape is water-resistant and strong enough to stay for three to five days even through normal daily activities.
When the tape is applied, it recoils slightly which will gently lift your skin. This is believed to help create microscopic space between your skin and the tissues underneath it
Kinesiology is most effective when used in conjunction with other treatments, such as manual therapy. It can also help with adding extra support to muscles or joints that need it. Especially if you have patellofemoral stress syndrome, IT band friction syndrome or achilles tendonitis, kinesiology taping may help.
Kinesiology taping allows you to move normally in comparison to other medical or athletic tape. Studies have shown that it can also help enhance movement and endurance as well.*
Along with this, kinesiology taping has also been shown to help with re-training muscles that have lost function or that aren’t performing as they should any more due to repetition of poor usage. The addition of the tape to your skin can stand as a reminder in order to notify you of how you’re moving and allow you the chance to correct it yourself.
Kinesiology taping is also used by athletes in order to help them with reaching peak performance. It helps protect against injury as well when they’re competing.*