Designed by chiropractor Dr Kenzo Kase in the 1970s, Kinesio Tape has seenan increase in popularity following its presence at the 2008 Olympic Games.
Kinesio Tape (KT) is an elastic adhesive tape used for the treatment of sport injuries and a variety of other conditions including posture realignment. The tape is claimed to stretch 120 to 140 per cent of its original length and then subsequently recoil to its original length following application, thus exerting a proposed pulling force on the skin. It is suggested that KT allows a greater range of motion (ROM) than conventional tape and can be worn for longer periods of time without the need for reapplication.
In the sporting context, KT has been used to modulate pain, increase ROM, increase strength, improve proprioception and increase muscle activity. The proposed mechanism of athletic benefits include:
Facilitating joint and muscle realignment by strengthening weakened muscles
Improving circulation of blood and lymph by increasing the interstitial space between the skin and underlying connective tissues (allowing for increased circulation of both venous and lymphatic fluid)
Decreasing pain through the reduction in pressure on nociceptors
Repositioning subluxated joints by relieving abnormal muscle tension, helping to return the function of fascia and muscle
Increasing proprioception through the stimulation of cutaneous mechanoreceptors
The most commonly researched areas for KT application include the shoulder, neck, back, knee, ankle and forearm. It is common for KT to be applied for the management of whiplash-related disorders, lower back pain, subacromial impingement, grip weakness and patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). Non-athletic uses of KT include the management of lymphoedema, cerebral palsy and stroke patients.
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