Kinesiotaping is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. Kinesiotaping has been used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions, and has shown results that would have been unheard of using older methods and materials.
Developed in the mid-1970s, the tape, which has a texture and elasticity very close to living human skin, overcomes limitations practitioners encounter working with rigid sports taping methods. Until then, the presumption in Western medicine had been that once a joint is in a certain shape that cannot be changed. Kinesiotaping opened the possibility that this treatment could remediate the distortion.
Prior to the development of the tape, which has a texture and elasticity very close to living human tissue, tapes that were available were rigid, designed to immobilise joints. Trial and error uncovered that the source of the complaint was actually in the muscle, not in the joint or in the bone. To stabilise the joint it was more effective to tape around the muscle to achieve joint correction. In cases of injury or overuse, the muscle loses its elasticity, so the need was to develop a tape that would have the same elasticity as healthy human muscle. The tape also needed to stay on the skin where it was applied.
So after nearly two years doing a lot of research relating to elasticity, adhesives and breathability, a tape that possessed the proper degree of elasticity, and that lifts the skin microscopically was developed. From that beginning, Kinesiotape was invented. Its unique properties were based on a study of kinesiology.
Kinesiotape is used to
- Re-educate the neuromuscular system
- Reduce pain
- Optimize performance
- Prevent injury
- Promote improved circulation and healing
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