The Kinesio® Taping Method is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion. In addition, it provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within a physical therapy setting.
The Kinesio® Taping Method is designed to cause physiological effects on several body systems. The systems affected by the body are thought to include the circulatory/lymphatic, neural, muscular, and fascial systems, as well as the joints. Kinesio® Taping is currently being used by therapists to change muscle tone, move lymphatic fluids, correct movement patterns, and improve posture.
The Kinesio® Taping Method differs from athletic strapping tape and the traditional McConnell Taping Method. Athletic strapping tape is used to support an injured area by limiting ranges of motion and constrict muscle movement over a short period of time.
Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio® Tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the Kinesio® Tape application and other possible treatments or modalities. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric.
Kinesio® Tape can be applied in many ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury, and promote good circulation and healing.