What Is Kinesio Taping?

by Peter on April 22, 2010

Kinesio taping

My first experience with Kinesio tape was watching the last summer Olympics. I noticed the amount of athletes that were wearing multicoloured tape over their body. I was curious.

Recently I’ve been incorporating the Kinesio taping method into my practice to help assist and support my manual therapy and laser techniques. Why? Kinesio taping is a method used to assist with the body’s own natural healing process, which, if you’ve been keeping up to date with my blogs, fits in well with my philosophy of health and healing.  I’m merely here to help your body heal itself.  Based on the science of Kinesiology (hence “Kinesio”) the taping method influences the neurological and circulatory systems. By communicating with the muscles and other connective tissue, the elastic and very thin Kinesio tape can help reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles and support connective tissue in movement, allowing full range of motion.

Kinesio tape is latex free, hypoallergenic and safe to use from pediatrics to geriatrics. It differs from traditional sports taping in that it is not wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support.

Typically the way I use Kinesio tape is at the end of a treatment, thus allowing blood and lymphatic flow to continue well after my treatment. Conditions in which I use Kinesio tape are muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

In Health,

Peter Roach, RMT, CNMT, Laser Therapist

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