The Kinesio Taping technique was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan more than 25 yrs ago. Recently it has become a very popular treatment method for those in the sporting industry, as seen in the 2012 Olympic Games. This is because it allows the individual to continue competing at the same level regardless of injury.
Standard taping techniques, such as athletic taping and strapping, provide muscle and joint support, however, they reduce the joint range of motion, and, in some cases, inhibit the actual healing process of traumatised tissue.
What is Kinesio Tape made from?
Kinesio Tape is made from a very thin, porous, 100% cotton fabric. It has a medical grade heat-activated adhesive. It is non-medicated and latex free - making it very skin friendly.
How long can a tape application be worn for?
Kinesio Tape is designed to be worn for multiple days (3 to 5). An hour after application it will withstand athletic activity and showering without coming off.
What is the difference between the colours?
There are no physical product differences between the coloured tapes. It's just a variety of choice.
Who can benefit?
Although mainly seen in the sporting industry Kinesio Tape can benefit people of all ages with muscle problems. For example it can be used on babies to correct head rotating issues or on the average person to relieve muscle strain or acute injury causing inflammation and discomfort.
Where does the word Kinesio originate from?
The word 'Kinesio' comes from the science of Kinesiology. The taping method and tape follow Kinesiology theory; the treatment allows the body and muscles to move whilst assisting rehabilitation.
Some features of Kinesio Tape are:
100% cotton and latex free
Medical grade, heat sensitive acrylic adhesive
Exact thickness of actual human skin
Easily tolerated, hypoallergenic
Allows range of motion and does not restrict like conventional athletic tape
Elastic properties to help to support and reduce muscle fatigue
Can be worn for several days (3-5) without re-application