What is Kinesiology Taping?

Kinesiology tape has been in use since its inception by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor in the late 1970’s.

In recent years kinesiology taping has become popularised by professional athletes, who can be seen wearing all manner of colours and taping patterns across various body parts.

Kinesiology tape is use to provide joint support, lessen pain, reduce swelling, and improve performance. The research is mixed in its effectiveness, however as part of an overall patient treatment plan it can have a place.

There are also one or two musculoskeletal conditions that kinesiology taping may help patients manage, such as knee osteoarthritis Lu et al, (2018).

How does kinesiology tape work?

Kinesiology tape is made from a stretchy fabric, which is a blend of cotton and nylon. Its elasticity is designed to mimic the skin, whilst still allowing a joint to move through a full range of motion.

The tape is water-resistant, so you can still shower and get sweaty. And strong enough that it will stay on for three to five days.

When applied the tape recoils slightly, gently lifting the skin. It’s thought this helps to create a microscopic space between the skin and underlying tissues.

In a meta-analysis of five random controlled studies involving 308 patients, Lu et al, (2018) concluded that kinesiology taping was effective in reducing pain and improving joint function in with patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Kinesiology taping maybe used as part of an osteopathic treatment, or as a standalone treatment.

Standalone treatments would be to replace any taping patients are unable to replace themselves. The price of this service would be based on time involved.

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