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kinesiology_tape_usesFew products have exploded onto the therapeutic scene the way kinesiology tape has in the last year. First developed in Japan over 30 years ago, it leaped from relative obscurity to the international spotlight after the 2008 Beijng Olympic Games. It is now a staple in the practices of progressive athletic trainers, chiropractors, physical therapists and physicians. And the recently-introduced precut kinesiology tape is so simple and effective that thousands of home users are now ordering it online for personal use.

Because of kinesiology tape’s unique actions on blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, pain gate mechanisms and muscle activation, its uses span a wide cross section of conditions. Following is a partial list of conditions that have responded positively to kinesiology taping:

Joint Pain – Arthritis, Bursitis, Lupus, Degenerative Joints, Poorly Aligned Joints, Joint Instability

Muscle Pain – Torn Muscles, Pulled/Strained Muscles, Tight Muscles, Fibromyalgia, Muscle Spasms, Muscle Cramps, Calf Strain, Pulled Hamstring, Groin Pulls, Strained Gluteals, Abdominal Strain

Soft Tissue Injuries – Tendonitis, Strained Tendons, Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis), Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis), Patellar Tendonitis, Achilles Tendonitis, Whiplash, Back Strain, Neck Strain, Rotator Cuff Injuries, Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Joint Injuries – Joint Sprains, Dislocated Joints, Sprained Ankle, Sprained Knee, Sprained Wrist, Sprained Elbow, Degenerated Meniscus, Knee Cartilage Injuries, Unstable Joints, Joint Hypermobility

Overuse Injuries – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Repetitive Stress Syndrome, Shin Splints, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Tension Headaches

Swelling and Edema – Lymphodema, Joint Swelling, Edema, Lymphatic Congestion, Chronic Joint or Muscle Inflammation

Postural Problems – Poor Posture, Round Shoulders, Weak Muscles, Muscle Imbalance, Poor Muscle Tone, Hypotonia

Rehabilitation after Surgery – Athletic Injury Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Joint Replacement, Meniscus Repair, Ligament Surgery, Tendon Surgery

Bruising – Bruising following Injuries or Surgery, Contusions

Foot Pain – Plantar Fascitis, Fallen Arches

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“Kinesio® Taping is very versatile, and the tape supports the injury while maintaining full range of motion and comfort. The fact that you use less tape than traditional methods and that you don’t have to re-apply the tape (as frequently) makes this tape a great choice for treating chronic injuries.”

-Jerri Hestwood, ATC

Athletes are a unique breed. They take a lickin’ but want to keep on kickin’ … or running … or jumping … or whatever other activities are involved in the pursuit of their sports. Deciding whether to train through an athletic injury is one of those “six of one, half dozen of the other” propositions. If an athlete stops training and competing while an injury heals, they will face the loss of conditioning, technique and competitive edge that accompanies inactivity. And, of course, for many professional athletes, they also face a loss of income while they recover! On the reverse side, an athlete who chooses to continue training and competing while injured faces the possibility of exacerbating the injury – or, sometimes, developing additional injuries in muscles and joints that overcompensate for the injured area.

Sports tape has always been a mainstay in the toolkit of every athletic trainer. It has been used for decades to support and/or immobilize injured areas so athletes can continue their sport while injured. The downside of traditional athletic tape, however, is that it DOES virtually immobilize the taped part of the body. This may lead to poor technique that can affect performance, as well as contribute to injuries due to inefficient movement patterns.

cyclist_hip_tapeOne of the most exciting new tools used by athletic trainers today is kinesiology tape. Kinesiology tape for sports injuries is a dream come true for both the trainer and the injured athlete. On the trainer’s side, a single application can be worn 3-5 days, providing therapeutic benefits round-the-clock. It enhances and prolongs the benefits of any other type of therapy used, and because it literally goes home with the athlete, the trainer can relax, knowing his work is continuing in his/her absence.

boxer_back_tapeFrom the athlete’s perspective, kinesiology taping applications are lightweight and stretchy, making them totally comfortable to wear. The acrylic adhesive is non-allergenic, preventing the tape rashes and burns that are common with other types of sports tape. In addition, the combination of the breathable 100% cotton tape and the wave pattern of the adhesive backing make kinesiology tape extremely water resistant. Athletes can sweat, swim or shower without worrying about having to remove and reapply their tape – or having it come off in the water.

The biggest advantages, however, are the physical benefits of kinesiology taping – rapid relief of pain and swelling, support of injured muscles with no restriction of range of movement, and enhanced activation of muscles. A dream come true for both athletic trainers and injured athletes!

“I just wanted to write and tell you how pleased I am with the results we are receiving from Kinesio®Tape… As I continue to learn and use the techniques of Kinesio® Taping, I am certain that the results will continue to be positive.”
-Rick Griffin, Head Athletic Trainer, Seattle Mariners

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