What is it?
Kinesio taping is a therapeutic taping method used to support muscles and joints, alleviate pain, improve lymphatic drainage and rehabilitate the affected condition. It was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a chiropractor, and acupuncturist. Although Kinesio Tape is most often associated with athletes, medical professionals have also been using it for a wide range of musculoskeletal ailments, not just sports-related injuries.
How does it work?
Kinesio tape works in a few different ways. First, It interferes with the pain signal. Pressure on the skin actually works to interfere with pain responses to the brain. It is the same reason why when we bump our elbow we tend to rub it to make it feel better.
Second, Kinesio tape was engineered with an elastic recoil, which when placed on the body provides microscopic lifting of the skin. This enables a more effective flow of blood in and waste byproducts out of the area, which ultimately decreases inflammation and reduces pressure on tissues
It also works to support mobility and range of motion throughout any stage in the rehabilitation process. It’s elasticity and recoil evenly distribute forces to nearby tissues in an effort to decompress stress on the injured area.