Kinesio Tape

Kinesiotape® is an elastic, hypoallergenic tape which works with the fascial, lymphatic and musculoskeletal systems of the body, providing support without hindering circulation and range of motion. The Kinesiotaping® method was developed in Japan in the 1970’s by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a chiropractor and is now widely used by many professional athletes around the world including Kerri Walsh, Lance Armstrong, David Beckham and Tiger Woods.

Kerri Walsh, US Women's Olympic Volleyball Team

David Beckam, Real Madrid, Champions League Soccer

Leryn Franco, Paraguayan Womens Olympic Javelin Thrower

Some Conditions treated with Kinesiotape®:

  • Ankle Sprains
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Low Back Strain/Spasm
  • Whiplash
  • Tennis Elbow

* It is also used for preventive maintenance, edema, and to treat pain.

How does Kinesiotape® work?

Under normal conditions the muscles of the body move within their optimal range; however when these muscles over extend/contract beyond their normal range of motion, the muscle cannot recover and results in inflammation, swelling, and stiffness due to fatigue. This overall mechanism causes compression of the space between the skin and the muscle and subsequently restricts lymphatic flow, thus restricting fluid drainage from damaged area. The pressure produced as a result of this build up of fluid, consequently triggers pain receptors under the skin and muscle. These “discomfort signals” are relayed to the brain and interpreted by you and I, as pain.

Traditional athletic tape was designed to restrict movement of muscles and joints, and to provide support; to achieve this support, many layers must be applied resulting in the restriction of flow of body fluids. This is why athletic tape is applied immediately before sporting events, then removed after, so it does not disrupt the flow of fluids for excessive periods of time. Kinesiotape® or K-tape, on the other hand, follows a different philosophy; one which provides support while maintaining circulatory flow and full range-of-motion. In other words, these K-tape characteristics allow the muscular system to heal itself biomechanically. The elasticity of the tape ensures the muscles have free range-of-motion, but are not over-exerted.

How is Kinesiotape® applied?

Kinesiotape® is applied over the muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax fatigued muscles, and support movement on a 24 hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive and allows for full range-of-motion. K-tape is not only water resistant in nature, and can be worn for 3-5 days; but also latex-free, making it hypoallergenic and safe for most patients. It does not cause any compression of the skin, making it “light to feel” and thus allowing comfortable wear. It can be used for almost all clinical conditions.