Rehabilitative Benefits of Kinesio Taping
Andrea Brennan, who recently joined Lifemoves© is a certified provider of the Kinesio Taping method which has become a worldwide treatment phenomenon within the sports medicine and athletic communities in recent years. We will be introducing this treatment modality to our North Vancouver and Coquitlam locations.
I have seen this therapeutic tape in a wide array of sporting events from the Beijing Summers Games in 2008 to the Rugby World Cup in 2010 and have heard that it is endorsed by numerous high profile individual athletes including Lance Armstrong. Even our Liam Firus, a Lifemoves© client, who is headed to the World Junior Figure Skating Championships at the end of February uses it to help him keep training and competing.
I interviewed Andrea about Kinesio Taping to learn more about it.
Since its introduction to the U.S. in 1995 Kinesio Tape has gained substantial notoriety and is now used by over 50% of NFL, 75% on MLB and 30% of NBA teams. Over 150,000 practitioners around the world now rely on Kinesio Tape in the treatment of pain, neuromuscular and neurological pathologies, musculoskeletal injuries and other medical conditions.
How Kinesio Tape Was Developed
In 1979 Dr Kase, a Japanese practitioner licensed in chiropractic and acupuncture became frustrated with the notion at the time, that once a joint is of a certain shape it cannot be changed. He discovered that by applying his taping method to the muscles rather than the joint itself, stabilisation could be achieved. At the time, the tape available was rigid and harsh and could only be worn for a few hours. In order to achieve the desired affects, Dr. Kase needed a light, flexible and durable therapeutic tape. He began engineering an elastic tape that would complement his method and as a result revolutionise therapeutic tape around the world: Kinesio Tex Gold tape.
How Does Kinesio Tape Work?
The Kinesio Tape method facilitates the body’s natural healing process, while stabilising muscles and joints without hindering their range of motion.
In embriology there are three major germ-cell layers; the outermost layer ectoderm, the middle layer mesoderm and deepest layer endoderm. As we develop, these three layers from our major organs of the body. The Kinesio Tape method works on the basis that these three layers are still connected and it is possible to treat the body from the outside in.
The skin is the largest sensory organ of the body and contains a huge sensory network. Kinesio Taping works by lifting the skin microscopically which forms convolutions creating an institial space. This space allows for greater lymph drainage and enhanced cardiovascular circulation which reduces pressure on sensory and mechanical receptors within the skin. These combined affects alleviate pain, improve muscle function and reduce inflammation.
How Kinesio Taping Influences Fascia
Fascia is a strong continuous connective tissue with the human body. It surrounds the muscles, joints, organs and nerves. Following trauma, fascia will change from its usual healthy pattern of linear collagen fibres and become disarrayed and knotted. Applying Kinesio Tape helps to these painful areas helps to restore their natural linear pattern which in turn increases range of motion, makes muscular contractions more efficient and helps relieve pain.
What can be treated with Kinesio Tape?
Kinesio Taping is not just for high performance athletes. It is now used by practitioners around the world in the treatment of orthopaedic, neurological, neuromuscular and medical conditions which many of Lifemoves©’ have one or more of.
Kinesio Tape can be used to treat many conditions including soft tissue injuries such as whiplash or a hamstring strain to removing excess lymph in cancer patients following a lymphadenectomy; new uses for this truly outstanding tape are still being discovered.