At GD Osteopathy & Sports Massage Enfield we use Kinesio tape to help patients with numerous injuries. The Q and A below will give an insight into Kinesio taping, along with its uses and benefits.
Q. What is Kinesio Tape?
A. Kinesio tape is the coloured sports tape (Black, pink, blue, beige) which is applied to both Athletes and non- Athletes. Kinesio taping was founded in 1973 by Japaneses Chiropractor Dr Kenzo Kase.
Q. What is its purpose?
A. Kinesio tape can help:
- Increase joint motion
- Helps to reduce swelling
- Helps to increase the brain to body connection
- Helps to increase or decrease muscle, ligaments, tendons or fascia tension
- Helps to correct posture
- Increase blood circulation
Kinesio tape is now used more often than traditional rigid tape. Kinesio tape provides “flexible support” that allows the Athlete to move while the tape attached to their muscles and joints. Kinesio tape is elastic, 100% cotton, latex free.
Q. Can Kinesio Tape be used alongside other treatments?
A. Yes! Kinesio tape is often applied at the end of a sports massage, osteopathic or physiotherapy treatment. This will often boost the therapeutic effectiveness of both the treatment and the tape.
Q, Can I still participate in sports, shower or swim while I have the tape on?
A, Yes! Kinesio tape should stay on for 3-5 days. You can swim, shower and unless instructed you can continue your participation in sporting activities.
Q. How is Kinesio tape used?
A. When using Kinesio tape, there are 6 corrective application techniques. These can be used in isolation or in combination:
1) Mechanical Correction
Used to correct the position of a joint or bone.
2) Fascia Correction
Used when trying to create fascia to align in the correct position.
3) Space Correction
Used to create more space directly above the area of pain, inflammation swelling or oedema. The increased space created reduces pressure by lifting the skin away from the injured site.
4) Ligament/Tendon Correction
Used to create increased stimulation over the ligament or tendon. This results in increased stimulation of the receptors which respond to mechanical pressure.
5) Functional Correction
Used to assist in sensory stimulation to either reduce or increase motion.
6) Lymphatic Correction
Used to create areas of increased and decreased pressure under the Kinesio tape. The effect is to direct the waste products to the nearest lymph duct, this is an effective way to reduce inflammation and swelling after injury/surgery.