Therapists utilize Kinesio Tape as a technique to provide support and stability to their patients’ muscles and joints without inhibiting the body’s range of motion. This method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process as it rehabilitates the affected condition. Kinesio Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and is able to reduce pain and inflammation, prevent injury, promote good circulation, and more. Additionally, it can be used in combination with a variety of other treatments and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases on an injury as well as being used for preventative measures.
How it works: Kinesio Tape microscopically lifts the skin, alleviating pain and facilitating lymphatic drainage. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin, thus increasing interstitial space, the narrow spaces between tissues or parts of an organ. The increase in the interstitial space allows for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
The Kinesio Tape can be utilized in single “I” strips or modified in the shape of an “X”, “Y”, or other specialized shapes. Furthermore, the ability to change the direction of the tape and the amount of stretch placed on the tape at the time of application allow it to be a versatile and useful method.