Monday, September 19, 2011

What is Kinesio Tape?

Kinesio Tape was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase over 25 years ago.  This specialized tape is designed to mimic the properties of the skin; therefore patients tend to forget the tape has even been applied after approximately ten minutes.  Kinesio Tex Tape is comprised of a ureter polymer elastic strand wrapped by 100% cotton fibers which allows for evaporation of moisture and quick drying after exposure to water.  In order for the tape to adhere properly, the skin does need to be clean of any oils, lotions, or moisture.  Kinesio tape is applied by a trained practitioner over certain muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused or tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement.  The best thing about this tape is that it does not inhibit range of motion and allows the patient to maintain correct bio-mechanics while continuing their activities.  Many times, the patient can continue their normal activities while being treated for certain injuries because of the support the tape provides for the muscle that is involved.  This “magic” tape can be used to treat sore muscles, shin splints, muscle spasms, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff injuries, acute injuries involving swelling such as ankle or knee sprains, calf tightness, trigger points, etc.  Although patients will often argue with me, there is no medicine in the tape.  The tape’s properties allow it to affect both the neurological and circulatory systems of the human body in order to reduce pain almost immediately.  One thing I would like to stress is the importance of having a certified practitioner apply the tape.  A lot of training goes into the correct use and application of the tape and it can be ineffective and even cause additional problems if applied incorrectly.  If you have any questions regarding the use of Kinesio Tex Tape, feel free to contact me at my office at 219-736-8522.  Happy running!