The Applications and Benefits of KinesioTape

Established in 1984, Kinesiotape has been an extremely useful tool that has been improved upon over the years and is used by numerous medical professionals in the area. In conjunction with a sound clinical program, it can have vast benefits ranging from improving musculoskeletal alignment to decreasing edema and pain. Recently, KinesioTape has been used on elite athletes to improve their mechanics and perfect their skills. However, you do not have to be an Olympic athlete to benefit from this up and coming medical modality.

How Can You Benefit From KinesioTape?
The applications of KinesioTape are vast. Once your clinician performs a thorough examination and evaluation, he or she can determine whether KinesioTaping will benefit you and the appropriate technique to address your individual needs. In conjunction with an evidence based therapeutic program, KinesioTape can improve the functions of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. It can improve musculoskeletal alignment by re-educating the neuromuscular system, enhance performance, and improve circulation and healing by affecting the lymphatic and circulatory systems. The combination of effects on these systems can also lead to decreased pain and can assist in returning the body to homeostasis (state of stability). The tape is able to do this all while allowing full and normal range of motion. If you are experiencing swelling, pain, or malalignment issues, most likely KinesioTape can benefit you! To be more specific, we will discuss common diagnoses KinesioTape has been a useful tool in treating.

What Diagnoses is KinesioTape Suitable For?
KinesioTape can address a variety of issues as mentioned previously. To be sure it is right for you; the best approach is to consult a clinician who can conduct a thorough examination and evaluation. Common diagnoses it can be used for include, but are not limited to, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, shoulder instability, neck and back pain, upper trapezius tightness and lymphedema, In many instances, you do not have to have a specific disability to benefit from KinesioTape. It can be used to facilitate improved mechanics and prevent injury when used during a physically demanding activity, event or painful daily activity.

How Does KinesioTape Work?
KinesioTape works by lifting the skin and targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system. This lifting effect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas. If the tape is applied to a patient on a stretch greater than its normal length, it will “recoil” after being applied and therefore create a pulling force on the skin or muscle that it is being applied to. The direction and amount of recoil on the target muscle/area will affect the treatment outcome.

What is KinesioTape Made of and How Long Does it Last?
It is a latex free material with acrylic adhesive, which is heat activated. The cotton fibers allow for evaporation and quicker drying leading to longer wear time, up to 4 days. How the tape affects the body is dependent on its usage throughout the body and how it is applied. Despite its ability to last a long period of time, if at any point the tape irritates the skin, it should be taken off immediately.

Where Can You Find A Provider That Uses KinesioTape?
Ask your primary care provider or orthopedic physician where you can find a clinician with KinesioTaping experience in the area. Rehab Connection is one of those facilities with Doctors of Physical Therapy utilizing KinesioTape to compliment their evidence-based programs in Barrington, Lumberton, Cinnaminson, and Cherry Hill, NJ!

Feel free to call (856) 547-4422 or go to rehabconnection.org for more information.