Have you ever noticed a person walking down the street, or maybe seen one of your favorite athletes on TV, with some (usually) colorful tape on them and wondered what it is, and why they are wearing it? No, it’s not a new fad or a fashion statement. What they have on them is called Kinesiology Tape. You may hear it in its shortened name of K-Tape. It is a tape that helps enhance muscular, joint, and circulatory function.
What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology Taping has been a therapeutic taping method for 30 plus years, created by Dr. Kenzo Kase. The tape is designed to mimic the qualities of skin, to be able to stretch with your movements, is water/sweat proof, and is meant to be worn 3 to 5 days. There is no latex. The tape itself is 100% cotton and the adhesive is acrylic.
What are the main functions of Kinesiology Tape?
What Can Kinesiology Taping Do?
Kinesiology Taping has been used to help facilitate changes to return the body back to homeostasis for many common injuries and pain. The tape helps to normalize muscle function, to improve lymphatic and blood flow, decrease pain, and improve range of motion. Here are some common uses for K-Tape:
So whether you are an athlete who needs some added muscle support, someone who is in pain, either acute or chronic, or need some postural or muscular stability, there are mainy uses for Kinesiology Tape to help you to continue to function the way your body intended. Use it to help aid you in proper muscular functions or the help alleviate pain in your body. Have a trained professional apply the tape for you to make sure that the correct amount of pressure, stretch, and the correct placement is done to achieve the results you are intending to achieve with the tape.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.