The Kinesio® Taping Method has taken the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine world by storm. This amazing taping method was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase over 25 years ago in Japan. Since then, this proprietary method of taping using a uniquely designed and patented tape has become the gold, or should we say “platinum,” standard for therapeutic and rehabilitative taping.
The Kinesio® Taping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to give support while still maintaining full range of motion. This enables the individual to participate in his/her normal physical activities with functional assistance. During the acute stage of rehabilitation, taping can prevent overuse or over-contraction and helps provide facilitation of lymph flow for an entire 24 hour period. Kinesio® Tex Tape may be used in conjunction with other therapies, including cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy and electrical stimulation.
Kinesio® Taping affects the activation of the neurological system and the circulatory system. Muscles not only move the body, they also control venous and lymph circulation and influence body temperature. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms. Consequently, more attention to the importance of muscle function can activate the body’s own healing process. Using an elastic tape, such as Kinesio® Tex Tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Kinesio® Taping is an innovative approach to treating nerves, muscles and organs.
Since the introduction of Kinesio® Taping in the United States, medical practitioners have recognized and embraced this effective, safe and best of all, easy-to-use modality. At Performance Health Care, our providers have taken course work and are certified providers of Kinesio® Taping. The method and tape allow the individual to receive the therapeutic benefits 24 hours a day with both comfort and ease because it can be worn for several days per application. Currently, Kinesio® Taping is used in hospitals, clinics, high schools and professional sports teams.