For any of you that may be into sports, really any sport for that matter, have you ever noticed the colorful, crazy patterned taping that is now covering many athletes? Well, you are not the only one wondering what kind of tape is that? It is Kinesio Tape. The use and study of this tape in nearly 30 yrs old. However, its most recent and memorable debut was in the London 2012 Olympics.
This tape is very special for many reasons. The properties of kinesio tape allow for our limbs and muscles to continue to move freely as the taping does its magic. This is unlike your classic taping jobs you have seen in the past that restrict motion. You know, the good old white tape. Kinesio tape’s elasticity, thickness, and weight are very similar to our own skin. Kinesio tape can be used to assist with muscle activation after surgery, decreased swelling after injury, and lengthen muscles that have become tightened over the years in order to regain optimal muscle performance.
Now, this does not mean put down you home exercise program provided by your physical therapist. However, it is definitely a tool that is used to speed your recovery and assist with pain relief in between treatment sessions. I have personally attended the Kinesio Taping course, and I use the technique on many patients. Nearly all patients love this form of taping because they are able to keep the tape on for 3-5 days, and it can even get wet with bathing without coming off. This allows for pt’s to continue to experience benefits of therapy sessions through weekends.
Please feel free to ask your STAR about Kinesio Taping to see if it is an appropriate treatment for you!