Kinesio Taping was invented and developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan 25 years ago. Dr. Kase (a chiropractor) had been searching for a sports taping method to assist in the healing of damaged tissue. He found that athletic taping and strapping provided muscle and joint support, but they reduced range of motion, did not support the fascia and, in many cases, inhibited the actual healing process of traumatised tissue.
Kinesio Tape is different due to its ability to aid the lymphatic and muscle systems, while supporting joints and muscles. For many, the Kinesio Taping applications are a major breakthrough which substantially reduce recovery times and improve fitness levels. Kinesio Taping saw worldwide exposure during the 1988 Seoul Olympics and has become increasingly popular in the sports world since then.
Kinesio Taping’s key differentiator is its ability to aid the lymphatic and muscle systems. From an MLD perspective, applying Kinesio Tape can encourage lymphatic fluid to move from areas of high pressure to low pressure and towards the next available area of working lymph nodes.
Physiological Effects of Kinesio Taping:
- Relieves pain
- Supports muscles in movement
- Removes lymphatic fluid congestion
- Corrects joint mis-alignment
- Assists in positioning a muscle or joint into proper position for rehabilitation
- Assists a weak muscle by placing it in a normal position
- Improves kinesthetic awareness of posture and alignment