It is best to think of the application of Kinesio Tape as prolonging the effects of soft tissue work done by massage therapists, physical therapists, or chiropractors. The effectiveness of the tape lasts between three and five days and the purpose of its application is to bring the muscular, structural, or neurological systems closer to normal function.
The Kinesio Tape Method was developed in 1973 by Kenso Kase. The tape has the similar thickness and weight as the outer layer of the skin, made of rubber or polymer elastic strands wrapped in 100% cotton fibers with a latex free acrylic adhesive.It mimics the qualities of skin and lifts the pressure of the skin off the muscle and nerve thereby reducing muscle fatigue, pain, tension, and possibly increasing range of motion and strength.
Five major physiological effects of Kinesio Tape:
- Assists in restoring normal muscle function
- Assists in improving joint alignment.
- Helps remove congestion/inflammation through the body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems.
- Assists in returning the fascia or connective tissue that surrounds all organs, muscles, bones, and nerve fibers to homeostasis or balance or equilibrium.
- Through the skin, increases the unconscious awareness of the body’s internal sense of position, posture, and movement.
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