In 1979 Japanese chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase developed a new method of treatment that he named the Kinesio Taping Method, along with the first therapeutic tape, Kinesio Tape. Kinesio tape is a brand of the type of tape now known as Kinesiology Tape.
Functions of Kinesiology Tape
The three major functions of Dr Kase’s Kinesio Tape using the Kinesio Taping Method are:
• Supporting the muscle. – improving the muscles ability to contract when injured or weak.
• Removing congestion to the flow of body fluids. – Kinesiology tape improves circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. This allows reduction inflammation and excess chemical buildup in the tissues.
• Correcting joint problems. – Improving the range of motion and adjusting misalignment that results from tightened muscles.
What Make’s Kinesio Tape?
Kinesiology Tape is very thin 100% high grade cotton. The unique wave form adhesive is heat-activated, latex-free and hypo-allergenic. Also the unique wave design keeps it breathable. This is because it lifts skin and channels away moisture. It is also quite durable and comfortable enough to be left on for 3 to 5 days per application.
Designed to mimic human skin, with roughly the same thickness and elastic properties. The tape stretch is 30-40% more than its resting length and it will “recoil” after being applied. This creates a pulling force on the skin or muscle that it is being applied to. How the tape affects the limb is dependent on its usage and how it is applied. The location, the direction of pull and the shape all play a role in its function.
The benefits of Kinesiology Tape are something that is discussedfrequently by professionals. Each having a varying view on its properties and therapeutic qualities. The effect of each taping session with depend on area, taping method and injury. Most commonly, we hear that it can:
Reduce swelling and inflammation
Offer pain relief
Speed up recovery and healing time
Reduce cramping and spasms
Support muscles and joints without restricting movement.