Kinesio Taping

Achilles Kinesio Taping

Frequently Asked Questions

Kinesio taping was developed by Japanese chiropractor Kenso Kase in the 1970s as a method of assisting physical treatment of damaged tissue while maintaining full range of motion _ unlike traditional taping methods, which restrict movement. Taping can be used to assist either an acupuncture or SCENAR treatment to prolong the beneficial effects and potentially shorten the number of sessions required. Typically it used for sports injuries, pregnancy and chronic conditions such osteoarthritis.
The tape has four main functions:

  • Pain – reduces pain by taking pressure off the pain receptors by ‘lifting the skin’ (see below).
  • Lymphatic – reduces swelling and bruising beneath the skin.
  • Joint – adjusts mis-alignment to aid fascia and muscle function.
  • Muscle – reconditions abnormal tension and strengthens the muscle.

The precise mechanism of how the tape works is ultimately unproven but its ability to stretch longitudinally when placed on the skin is the primary mechanism offered by its inventor. The tape is said to lift the epidermis or outer layer of the skin as it recoils after being applied with tension. This ‘lifting’ increases space between the skin and the underlying connective tissues, vessels and muscles to improve mobility and aid lymphatic and venous movement (reduce swelling and increase blood flow). The ‘lifting also has an effect on underlying fascia, reducing pain, decreasing susceptibility to microtrauma and improving muscle performance. Research assessing the tapes effectiveness can be found here: http://www.kinesiotaping.co.uk/research/index.jsp

Kinesio tape is made of cotton which is water resistant and latex free. It is elastic so that it acts like a second skin, allowing muscles full range of motion and for the underneath skin to breathe, by channeling out moisture. It can be worn for 3 to 5 days, avoiding the need to reapply every few hours.
Kinesio taping is popular among athletes and sports people generally. High profile footballers such as David Beckham have been seen wearing the tape and more recently at the London 2012 Olympics. However, anyone who has a muscular pain or injury can wear this tape, from pregnant women to children.
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