You may have noticed athletes wearing tape in a variety of patterns on their shoulders, knees, ankles, elbows, etc. This tape is called Kinesio Tape. Kinesio Taping is the use of a breathable elastic adhesive tape, which through the application to the skin, can help with a variety of muscle and joint issues. The concept was first developed in Japan in 1979 by Dr. Kenzo Kase.
The benefits of kinesio taping is facilitation of circulation, removal of inflammatory substances, proprioceptive stimulation, prevention of further injury, improvement of motor control through biofeedback, relief of pain, increase muscle endurence. Studies have demonstrated Kenesio taping to reduce bunion deformity and reduce pain associated with the deformity.
The principle behind kinesio tape lies in its ability to apply varied tension to the skin and underlying structures. This tension allows for control and manipulation of joints and muscle movement and increase space within soft tissue.Kinesio taping is optimally used in tandem with massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, and other medical management.
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