Kinesio Tape – the colorful tape that athletics have been seen using – popularized during the Olympics.
It was originally developed in 1974 by Japanese Chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase. It became more popular with the Olympic athletes and physical therapists in the 1980s.
How does the tape work?
The uniquely designed cotton tape has a wave pattern which can stretch and recoil. It moves lymphatic fluid and can reduce edema, improve fascial gliding and alter movement patterns. The rationale for use is the rehabilitative properties which causes tension changes in tissues and alter neurological input.
How long do I leave it on?
3-5 days is the typical length of wear. The tape is waterproof.
What are the limitations to Kinesio Tape?
It does not contain medicine- it is purely a cotton tape with a recoil wave pattern. The tape is not a stand alone treatment and is designed to be used in conjunction with other physical therapy treatments.
Indications for use of Kinesio Tape:
• Loss of motion
• Poor movement patterns
• Local fatigue
When should Kinesio Tape use be avoided?
• Active malignancy
• Active cellulitis
• Skin infection
• Deep vein thrombosis (clot)
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