Kinesio Tape Therapy
What is Kinesio Tape?
Kinesio tape is made of 100% elastic fibers that are latex free. You may notice a wave-like pattern, which is purposely put on the tape to mimic fingerprints and allows the tape to breathe. The tape itself only stretches on the longitudinal axis.
Kinesio tape can be a huge asset for athletes. Kinesio tape can be applied in the middle of workouts or events in the case of sudden injury. The Kinesio tape is extremely strong and can be applied with different tension strengths. Many therapists will use different tensile strengths and techniques to allow the muscles and ligaments to have “help” when injury occurs. The tape essentially stabilizes an area, for example the shoulder, to prevent any further damage.
Who can benefit from Kinesio Taping Therapy?
Originally designed for athletes to improve performance and increase the effectiveness of manipulation therapy, like massage therapy, Kinesio taping has now been used successful in a variety of therapy applications. It has become an excellent tool for therapists, trying to correct the position and movement of body parts — a classic example is trying to make kneecaps slide more evenly.
Kinesio Taping Therapy has been shown to help improve a variety of structural and musculoskeletal conditions, including:
|• Acute Soft Tissue Injuries
• Muscle Strains
• Ligament Sprains
• Bruising or Hematoma
• Muscle Facilitation
• Muscle Weakness
• Hypotonia – Low Muscle Tone
• Joint Proprioception Retraining
• Joint Alignment and Maltracking
• Joint instability or Hypermobility
|• Poor Posture: Round Shoulders, Slouched Spine
• Scapular Instability (SICK)
• Bone Injuries and Breaks
• Post-fracture support
• Teno-periosteal support (Shin Splints)
• Adolescent Growing Pains
|• Plantar Fasciitis
• Systemic Conditions
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Psoriatic Arthritis
• Swelling and Edema
• Joint Swelling