Kineio Taping

Kinesio Taping®

How does Kinesio Taping® Work?

Kinesio Taping's key differentiator is its ability to aid the lymphatic and muscle systems. For many, the Kinesio Taping® applications are a major breakthrough which substantially reduce recovery times and improve fitness levels.

Applications can also encourage lymphatic fluid to move from areas of high pressure to low pressure and towards working lymph nodes. For example, it might be necessary to clear areas where the lymph will be draining towards.

Kinesio Taping can also help to facilitate the stretch response of the angions, with movement or muscle contraction. To ensure that the muscles have free range of motion, elastic tapes with an elasticity of 130-140% of its original length are recommended for Kinesio Taping.

Kinesio Tape
Kinesio Tape
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This specific elasticity also will not allow an over stretch of the muscles themselves. It may look like conventional athletic tape, but tape and Kinesio Taping is fundamentally different. Kinesio Taping is based on a different philosophy that aims to give free range of motion in order to allow the body's muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically.

Without KT there is pain and pressure on the receptors. Blood and Lymph is trapped under the skin. With KT the top layer of tape causes convolutions and lifts the skin. Pain and pressure is reduced. Blood and Lymph fluid is dispersed.

Physiological Effects of Kinesio Tex Taping:

  • Relieves pain
  • Supports muscles in movement
  • Removes lymphatic fluid congestion
  • Corrects joint mis-alignment
  • Assists in positioning a muscle or joint into proper position for rehabilitation
  • Assists a weak muscle by placing it in a normal position
  • Improves kinesthetic awareness of posture and alignment

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How Kinesio Taping works for sports

kinesio tapeWhen a muscle is swollen, the area between the skin and the muscle is compressed, which constricts the flow of lymphatic fluid. This results in discomfort and pain. Kinesio Tex, when applied in conjunction with the correct application method, will lift the skin to ease the pain and absorb inflammation of the muscle. In addition it will raise the area between the skin and the muscles to enhance circulation and lymphatic drainage. Stretching the skin and muscles before tape application is essential, due to the wrinkling effect that occurs when the skin is taped and in normal position.
As the body moves, the tape will function as a pump, continually stimulating lymphatic circulation. As the technique relieves localised pressure on pain receptors, muscle pain should be reduced.

kinesio tapeOriginally developed in Japan to give assistance to weak muscles, Kinesio Taping techniques enable practicioners to directly support and stabilise joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion.

Kinesio Taping’s key differentiator is its ability to be used to support muscles, cut injury times and aid lymphodoema reduction. It can be used for a wide range of sports injuries, orthopaedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.
Examples include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • hamstring injuries
  • shin slints
  • tennis elbow
  • haematoma and bruising
  • lower back pain


Kinesio Taping®

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