What is it
Kinesio taping® is an adhesive elastic bandage with a bio-mechanical therapeutic effect. This method comes from the science of Kinesio (movement) and this is why this term is used. Kinesio Taping® was originally developed in Japan more than 25 years ago by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a chiropractor resident in U.S.A. It is a technique based on the natural healing process of one’s body, through the activation of circulatory and neurological systems. Muscles are not only assigned the task of moving the body, but also the control of the circulation of venous and lymphatic fluids, body temperature, etc. The technique has four main physiological effects:
1) Corrects muscle function. Kinesio Taping® is effective in restoring the right muscle tension: it facilitates or inhibits muscle contraction (depending on the technique used).
2) Increases blood / lymph circulation. The application of Kinesio Taping® causes convolutions on the skin that lift lymphatic drainage.
3) Reduces pain. The neurological attenuation of pain occurs by reduction of pressure and irritation on skin receptors, thanks to a rebalancing of lymphatic activity.
4) Assists in correction of joint alignment. The dislocation of a joint, due to abnormal muscle tension, can be corrected by Kinesio Taping® through the recovery of function and muscle fascia.
What is it for?
KINESIO TAPING® reduces pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by lifting the skin. The body surface covered by KINESIO TAPING® forms convolutions on the skin increasing the interstitial space. As the body moves, the tape will function like a pump, continuously stimulating the lymphatic circulation in the drainage function, also obtaining an attenuation of the irritation on the receptors of pain in the skin. Applications can help reduce inflammation, pain, fatigue and muscle pain, increase ROM, correct posture, reduce the possibility of injuries. Over the years, KINESIO TAPING has been continuously updated based on clinical experience and on the research of around 1000 certified instructors around the world. It is used in many areas of physiotherapy and rehabilitation as a support to other techniques improving their effects and results.
Treatment of sports muscle damage, treatment of edema and pain management, inflammation and joint stiffness, muscle fatigue, support for correction of postural attitude through the facilitation or inhibition of muscle contraction of specific muscle groups, trauma after-effects.