What does Kinesio® Taping do?
The Kinesio® Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused or tired muscles, and support muscles in movement on a 24-hour-a-day basis. The taping is non-restrictive and allows for full range of motion. In contrast, more traditional sports tape is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization, support, and to restrict movement during an athletic event.
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What is the actual tape like?
Kinesio® Tape is made of 100% high grade cotton, so it is comfortable and “light to the feel.” It is water-resistant, so it can stay on in the pool or shower. The elasticity of the tape mimics the flexibility of human skin and muscles. The tape sticks by an adhesive that is heat-activated (by rubbing it quickly). The unique wave design keeps it breathable and air-permeable.
How does it differ from other taping techniques?
Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique which not only offers patients and athletes the support they are looking for, but helps to rehabilitate the affected condition as well. Using a highly specific tape design that allows full range of motion of an area, Kinesio® Taping will not affect the patient’s bio-mechanics by inhibiting movement (like other taping methods do). Kinesio® Tape is latex-free, water-resistant, safe for sensitive skin and may be used with populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric. Swelling and blood circulation are facilitated in order to rehabilitate and relieve pain.