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What is Kinesio Tape?
Kinesio Tape, also called Kinesio Tex Tape, is the original elastic adhesive tape developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1979. Kinesio Tape is latex-free, hypoallergenic and wearable for days at a time. It is safe for populations from elite athletes, weekend warriors to geriatric and pediatric patients.
- 100% made from a gentle cotton fiber strip
- 100% medical grade acrylic adhesive
- 100% latex-free
- Does not limit range of motion
- Multiple day wear time.
- Tension on tape has the ability to relax or stimulate muscles.
How Does Kinesio Tape Work?
Kinesio Tape alleviates discomfort and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation, reducing pressure while enabling a more effective flow of blood and lymphatic fluid in and out of the target area.
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. With the utilization of single "I" strips or modifications in the shape of an "X", "Y" or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application, Kinesio Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce inflammation, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.
For Work, For Play, For Life
Although originally developed in a medical setting, for many years Kinesio Taping has assisted individuals of all ages to find comfort in their daily activities.
At work, Kinesio Taping can help the office worker dealing with neck and lower back stress caused by long hours at a computer terminal; the mechanic or warehouse worker with strained knees and shoulders from reaching and crouching; and the headaches or foot pain caused by so many different professions. At home, parents and children can use a little extra assistance for daily housework, yardwork, school and shopping activities. And of course, at play: from walking, running or bicycling to reach a destination, to casual athletics to the serious weekend warrior.
Although the athletic uses of Kinesio Taping are well-noticed and extensively photographed, it is in the medical field that Kinesio Tape was created. Patient care and medical research continue to be where the ever more advanced uses of the modality are tested and perfected, where Dr. Kenzo Kase and his product educational development teams continually move forward.
Harbingers of new uses and patient populations start out at the top: as patients needing relief and assistance in physiological healing and rehabilitation. To keep these people comfortable and optimally functioning and minimize pain, Kinesio Taping techniques are constantly refined and advanced. Dr. Kase does not believe in abandoning what works, but he is never satisfied with a partial solution.
What is the Kinesio Taping Method?
The Kinesio Taping Method is a definitive 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 as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio Tex 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 Tex Tape application and other possible treatments or modalities. With the utilization of single "I" strips or modifications in the shape of an "X", "Y" or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application, Kinesio™ Tex Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimize performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.
The Kinesio Benefit
Evaluation and assessment are key in the treatment of any clinical condition. In order to get the desired results from a Kinesio Tex Tape application as well as any other treatment, a full assessment of your patient is necessary. In some cases, the treatment of a condition may require treatment of other underlying conditions as well. This assessment should include manual muscle testing, range of motion testing, gait assessment, and any other orthopedic special tests that you deem necessary. The information gained from these assessments will allow for the proper treatment protocol to be laid out. Kinesio Tex Tape can be a valuable addition to this protocol. It has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities within your clinic and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases on an injury as well as being used for preventative measures.
What Makes Kinesio Tape Different?
Dr. Kenzo Kase did not just come up with an idea for tape and then sit back to see what others could do with it. His priority has always been making his patients feel better. In addition to the input of thousands of trained practitioners and instructors worldwide, he continues to be active in the development of applications, products and adaptations - all designed with the goal of better patient care. Progress is constant, as new therapeutic results are considered. If Kinesio may seem slow to make changes, keep in mind that every innovation is tested extensively by Dr. Kase and his team of experts, and by trained practitioners in the field.
Kinesio Taping Technique is a therapeutic taping method that allows for treatment for all types of clinical conditions such as orthopedic, neurologic, and even autonomic pathologies in age groups. The application guidelines allow for and assist normal circulation/lymphatic flow, normal muscle function, remodeling of fascial tissue, and can improve joint balance. The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to guide the body toward homeostasis.
There are two Kinesio Tapes, and there is a reason for that. Recognizing some of the advanced needs and specialized uses of Kinesio Tape in the medical setting, Dr. Kase created Kinesio Tex Gold FP, which stands for the more micro-targeted fingerprint pattern of the adhesive in the advanced tape product. This is particularly effective when used for circulatory, lymphatic, or neurological treatments. For many muscle and joint Kinesio Taping techniques, Kinesio Tex Classic tape is still the choice of the practitioner or everyday user.
The Classic and "FP" Kinesio Tapes have a great deal in common. From the beginning, Dr. Kase believed his tape needed to mimic the qualities of the superficial layers of the skin: the epidermis. The thickness of the Kinesio Tex Tape is approximately the same as the epidermis. This design element was intended to decrease the distraction of tape on the skin when properly applied. After approximately 10 minutes, the conscious recognition of the tape decreases however the proprioceptive input to the body and brain continues.
Kinesio Tape fibers are designed to stretch longitudinally up to 40 to 60% of it resting length. (A 10 inch strip of Kinesio Tex Tape will stretch to 14 to 16 inches in total length). This is approximately the stretch capability of normal skin in areas such as the knee, low back and cervical region.
The heat activated acrylic adhesive is bonded to the fabric in a wave pattern similar to fingerprints. This assists the lifting of the skin, often seen as convolutions. The breathability and gentle adhesive allow for repeated applications without skin irritation. Like the skin, Kinesio Tex tape is porous. The combination of the cotton latex free fabric and the wave pattern adhesive improves patient comfort by allowing the skin to breathe. The water resistant protectorate applied to the cotton fibers resists moisture penetration and allows for "quick drying". This assures that the patient may shower and the tape will remain effective and in good position for three to five days.
All Kinesio Tex products are uniquely designed to be gentle to the skin, comfortable for days at a time and allow normal mobility through any stage of the rehabilitation process.
What benefits distinguish Kinesio Tex Tape from other tapes?
- 100% High Grade Cotton - for comfort and air-permeability
- 140% Elasticity - same flexibility as human skin and muscles
- Heat Activated Adhesive - very light, mild, and hypo-allergenic
- 100% Latex Free
- Air permeable, microscopically lifts the skin, channels away moisture
- Durable - average usage allows 3-5 days per application
- More Economical - usually 8-10 applications per roll of tap
Is it the tape or the technique that gives such great results?
Without a doubt, the technique is the most important aspect in achieving the greatest therapeutic results. But the full benefits of the Kinesio Taping Method were not possible until Kinesio Tex Tape was developed. The Kinesio Taping Method requires a tape that is patient and skin-friendly, possesses optimum elastic qualities, is the same thickness as the skin, and is durable enough to stay on for multiple days, even through sweating and showers.
How is the tape applied?
Without getting too technical, the tape is applied over the affected area with the muscles in a stretched position. Then the tape is applied from one end of the muscle to the other with very little to no stretch on the tape itself. The tape is applied from the ORIGIN to INSERTION of the muscle for SUPPORT and from INSERTION to ORIGIN for REHABILITATION.
What are some suggestions for optimum taping results?
- Skin should be free of oil, sweat, or lotion prior to application.
- After application, rub down tape to activate heat-sensitive glue.
- Avoid extreme stretching of the tape during application to avoid skin irritation.
- Apply approximately 1 hour prior to activity or shower to allow glue to adhere properly. E) Skin irritation is extremely rare, but care should be taken with hypersensitive skin patients.
What is the difference between the colors?
There is no physical or chemical difference between the colors. The colors were developed to be compatible with color therapy. The beige was created for minimal visibility and the black was created after many requests. Color choice is a matter of individual preference. The colors can provide field advertising at athletic events, a conversational opener, and instant product recognition.
Difference between Taping Techniques: There are three main taping techniques recognized in the United States: White Athletic Taping, McConnell Taping Technique, and Kinesio Taping Method.
- White Athletic Taping is the most commonly used taping technique in the U.S. The tape is extremely rigid and requires a pre-tape prior to application to protect the skin from irritation. Irritation is caused by the entrapment of moisture, high latex content, and severe compression of skin, muscles, and joints. It is typically applied immediately prior to an activity to prevent and protect acute injuries, left on for a short period of time, and taken off immediately after conclusion of activity. There are no rehabilitative uses or benefits.
- McConnell Taping is a bracing or strapping technique using a super-rigid, cotton mesh, highly-adhesive tape. It affects the bio-mechanics of the patient and is most commonly used for patellofemoral and shoulder subluxation, as well as lumbar, foot, and hip impingement. It is typically left on for a shorter period of time (no longer than 18 hours) due to its constricting and suffocating feel and adverse skin reaction. The technique is primarily used for neuromuscular re-education of the affected condition and is widely accepted by the medical community.
- Kinesio Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient or athlete the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitates the affected condition as well. Using a highly specific tape design that works with the body, allowing full ROM (and in most cases improving ROM), Kinesio Taping will not affect bio-mechanics of the patient. Latex-free, Kinesio Tex Tape is safe for sensitive skin and for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric. There is no compression on the skin, making it "light to the feel" and allowing comfortable wear over a 3-5 day period. Its water-resistant fabric wicks away moisture and allows the patient to bathe or even swim as usual. Lymph and blood circulation are facilitated in order to rehabilitate and relieve pain. It is used for virtually all clinical conditions.
Does Kinesio tape have latex?
Kinesio Tape is latex free.
Which tape is water resistant?
All of their tapes are water resistant. For the best hold, it's best if the tape is applied before activity and that the skin is clean, dry and free of any lotions or oils. It is recommended that after the tape is applied to the skin that the tape is rubbed to activate the adhesive as well as to help it adhere.
Taking the world for health.
Enhance the quality of life worldwide.
Kinesio provides the highest quality education and products, which are continually refined and innovated based on clinical research and advancements in science and technology. Their certifications acknowledge and ensure confidence in the level of training and competence achieved by their practitioners. Through product development, education, research and certification, Kinesio seeks to ensure that patients and users can be confident they are receiving the highest standard of Kinesio Tape. Kinesio is The Original global brand since 1979.
Kinesio is a group of three organizations dedicated to the Kinesio Taping Method: Kinesio University, Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI) and Kinesio Holding Corporation (KHC). The collaboration of these three companies ensures representation for the Method across all realms of the therapeutic world. Together, they have one vision: 'Tape the World for Health'.
The Kinesio Taping Method has two very important elements: the education and the tool. Kinesio Taping has never been (and never will be) a one-size fits all philosophy. Knowing how to apply the tape is instrumental in an application's success, and this is highlighted in the globally recognized education and certification program. Today Kinesio University approved seminars and courses are offered in more than thirty countries across the globe. In 2014 alone more than 1,000 approved programs were hosted, training tens of thousands of practitioners worldwide.
Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI)
The KTAI is the certification and membership organization, providing accreditation to those who successfully complete their education programs. Those letters "CKTP" after a name ensure confidence that the practitioner has undergone the necessary training to integrate Kinesio Taping in to their practice. KTAI also promotes scientific research. Dr. Kase invented the Kinesio Taping Method long before science and the rest of the world was ready. 35 years later science is still catching up, but growing evidence is emerging to support what Dr. Kase learned years ago simply by listening to the body and utilizing its natural healing processes.
Put simply, KTAI collaborates with Kinesio University to advance healing through clinical research, high quality education and hands on practice of Kinesio Taping. With thousands of members worldwide, the Kinesio Taping community continues to grow, bringing healing, knowledge and a high level of expertise to patients and clients throughout the world. This community has always been an integral part of the Kinesio Taping strategy, and their knowledgeable professionals have been instrumental in the astounding worldwide growth in Kinesio Taping usage, techniques and methodology.
Kinesio Holding Corporation (KHC)
No matter how high the level of education or how knowledgeable the user, every treatment modality requires a tool. The only tool specifically designed and tested to meet the unique requirements of the Kinesio Taping Method is Kinesio Tex Tape. Developed and manufactured by Kinesio Holding Corporation, you can trust in their products to achieve consistent results in combination with the Method developed by Dr. Kase.
With more than 35 years of development, research and application, Kinesio stands apart in the field of elastic therapeutic taping. The collaboration of Kinesio University, KTAI and KHC provides an unrivalled combination of technical, research and educational service to practitioners, patients and users around the globe. This in conjunction with our history provides the foundation for our current and future innovations, and we continue to work together towards our vision: Tape the World for Health.