Kinesiotaping is a unique therapeutic taping technique. It was developed by Dr Kenzo Kase in 1979 as a ‘treatment’ to enhance the function of different tissues and physiological systems with both immediate and longer term effects.
Kinesio Tape® itself has been specifically designed for use with the Kinesiotaping method. The tape is generally very well tolerated by patients, made of 100% cotton with a weight, thickness, stretch and recoil similar to skin, and a medical grade hypoallergenic adhesive. It can has a wide range of applications and uses including orthopaedic and neuromuscular conditions.
Kinesio Tape® has variable effects depending on the particular technique used.
The application allows for normal movement, yet can provide support and stability to muscles and joints.
Kinesio Tape® is used to offload tissues and reduce inflammation, facilitate healing and reduce pain.
It can be used to inhibit/‘turn off’ tight or overused muscles or facilitate/‘turning on‘ weak muscles.
Conditions/areas that Kinesio Tape ® is beneficial for
Muscle imbalance and/or weakness
Limited joint movement due to muscle spasm/guarding
Supported function of ligaments and tendons
Orthopaedic conditions - patella maltracking, tendinopathy, bursitis
Postural insufficiency and alignment
Pathological movement patterns
Paediatric conditions - torticollis, talipes
Pregnancy/Women’s health conditions - linea alba separation, mastitis
Respiratory conditions- diaphragm, rib stability, nasal passage