Kinesio Tape

Whether you use Kinesio Tape, Rock tape, Strength tape or KT tape, is a rehab taping technique designed to assist or moderate the range of motion when applied to a given joint or group of muscles. In doing so, you can help ease the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability or improved kinematic motion to that area without completely restricting a joints full range of motion like other traditional taping methods.

Kinesio Taping Technique

Kinesio taping is safe for a variety populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric and treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. Due to its elastic characteristics, Rock tape can alleviate pain via microscopically lifting the skin and facilitating lymphatic drainage. This lifting effect causes convolutions in the skin and increases interstitial space, decreasing inflammation and swelling in the areas of application and reducing pinched nerves and allowing new blood to come into the injured area and speeding up the healing process. The therapeutic tape is made from cotton and uses 100% medical-grade acrylic adhesive.

Kinesio Tape Materials

The thickness of the tape is approximately the same as the epidermis of the skin. This limits the body’s perception of weight and avoids sensory stimuli when applied. After roughly 10 minutes, the patient will generally not notice there is tape on their skin. The tape applies with 0-60% stretch depending on the condition or injury it is being applied to. The tape is completely latex free and has a 3-5 day wear time but loses its effectiveness the longer it’s worn. We often don’t encourage wearing it longer than 2-3 days because a fresh tape application is more beneficial than wearing a tape application for longer periods. The combination of the stretch capabilities, thickness, and adhesion allow the tape to approximate the quality of the skin.

The types of individuals that would most benefit from this type of treatment:

Joint Injuries / Disorders

  • Inflammation
  • Dislocations
  • Subluxations
  • Edema
  • Bursitis
  • Ligament Sprains/Tears
  • Osteoarthritis
  • TMJ disorders
  • Shoulder Injuries/Impingements
  • Restricted ROM/Stiffness
  • Effusion of joint
  • Hip Injuries/Impingements

Muscle Injury / Disorders

  • Edema and Swelling
  • Inflammation
  • Bruising and Contusions
  • Muscle Contractures
  • Muscle Tears
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Hip Injuries
  • Myofasciitis
  • Myositis
  • Restricted ROM / stiffness

Neurological Injury / Disorders

  • Crush injuries
  • Decreased ROM / Stiffness
  • Bulging Disc
  • Pinched nerves
  • Muscle spasms
  • Myofasciitis
  • Neuritis
  • Paresthesia
  • Nerve Inflammation
  • Nerve Compression
  • Nerve Pain
  • Nerve Irritation

Post Surgery Recovery

  • ACL Surgery
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Labrum Tears
  • Breast Augmentation/Lift
  • Buttock Augmentation/Lift
  • Reduced Scarring
  • Reduced Swelling
  • Reduced Pain
  • Micro Discectomy
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Surgical Plate Implants
  • Post Partum
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