The Kinesio® Taping Method has taken the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine world by storm. This amazing taping method was developed in 1979 by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan. Since then, Kinesio® Taping has become the ‘gold’ standard for therapeutic and rehabilitative taping for treatment of muscular disorders and the management of lymphoedema and chronic swelling.


The Kinesio® Taping Method is based on a simple principle that the body has built-in healing mechanisms and healthcare practitioners can help to positively influence their efficiency by removing barriers that impede them. Kinesio® Tex Tape provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered in the athletic training room or physical therapy clinic. The results are increased fluid flow through an injured area, better control over muscle contractions, reduced pain, and ultimately faster healing. This effect is modulated and coordinated by the nervous system by specifically stimulating the sensory motor system.


The unique design of Kinesio® Tex Tape allows for unidirectional elasticity up to 60% beyond its resting length. Its thickness and weight are approximate to the human dermis layer which allows for comfortable prolonged wear times. The adhesive backing is a heat activated acrylic and does not contain latex. The tape is also water resistant and withstands high moisture environments in addition to sweating.


Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio® Tex Tape is specifically applied to the athlete or patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the direction in which the tape is applied, the cut of the tape as well as how much stretch will be utilized. These parameters are vitally important to successful clinical management of musculoskeletal complaints with the Kinesio® Taping Method. When Dr. Kase first began using his method and experimenting with taping Kinesio® Tex Tape had yet to be developed. He used the traditional white athletic tape and observed adverse results on the skin, but achieved his objectives in treating the clinical condition. It was then he decided to begin development of a tape that would mimic the qualities of human skin in order to achieve the results we see today.

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