Kinesio-Tex- tape was developed by Dr .Kenso Kase a Japanese chiropractor and acupuncturist in 1979. The tape was developed to mimic skin and provide stability to the muscles which have lost their elasticity due to overuse and injury.
How Kinesiotape Works
Kinesiotape is applied to help provide stability and joint correction. The tape lifts the skin microscopically providing a micro massaging effect thus helping to improve circulation reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain. The tape also stimulates mechanoreceptors below the skins surface to inhibit the reflex arch inhibiting muscles which are under stress to relax or facilitating muscles to contract.
Kinesio-tape has several properties making it ideal for use with the young, as well as geriatric population.
- It is thin
- Easily applied
- Can be worn up to 5 days
- Can get wet
- Has elastic properties
- Is easy to cut and easy to remove
Who should not use Kinesio-tape, or have it applied?
- People who are allergic to tape
- People with thin skin
- People who have DVT’s (deep vein thrombosis)
- People with congestive heart failure
- People suffering from renal failure
- People who have cancer
- People who have an infection
Kinesio-tape helps with the following disorders: plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, neck pain, back pain, knee pain, balance disorders and more.