Kinesio Taping

Kinesio tape also known as "k-tape" is a gentle cotton adhesive strip which is hypoallergenic, water resistant, latex free, and has elastic properties. These properties all the Kinesio tape to work with the soft tissue of the body versus restricting it.

Benefits of Kinesio Tape:
  • Allows for lymphatic drainage to flow in/out of the target area to decrease inflammation and pain without limiting a person's range of motion. This will allow for more rapid healing!
  • Assists joints to hold a position, so an overstretched muscle is provided time to shorten. Overstretched muscles are at a disadvantage to work and therefor are often very weak. Once the muscle is given time to return closer to a typical length, it can be recruited for use more efficiently.
  • Provides tactile input and increases awareness of a muscle or joint. As sensory awareness increases, more attention is given to an area of the body, which increases use and in turn increases strength.
  • Assists in the release of fascial restrictions and encourages relaxation of soft tissue. This allows more optimal alignment and decreased pain in an area.
  • Positions a part of the boy in better alignment to allow muscles to contract and work in a better position. As these muscles contract in daily activities, they gain strength and control.

Kinesio Tape can be helpful in managing impairments related to the following conditions:
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Torticollis
  • Toe walking
  • Tendonitis
  • Scoliosis
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Hemiplegia
  • Various diagnoses associated with hyper- or hypotonicity
  • After muscle injury or surgical intervention