Turning on the television During the 2012 Olympics you might have been greeted by images of people with multicolored tape designs running down the length of their bodies.
The tape on these athletes is, arguably, not a dubious fashion choice, but is actually a therapeutic methodology called Kinesiotaping.
Kinesiotapeing was invented by Acupuncturist and Chiropractic Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1979. He developed his methodology and his tape in response to the “rigid” taping methods he found so inhibiting when working with athletes within his practice.
Dr Kase realized that; “…To stabilize the joint he saw that it was more effective to tape around the muscle to achieve joint correction. The tapes that he was able to obtain were rigid, designed to immobilize the joint. …“ Using this methodology of taping around the muscle and not inhibiting joint movement allows the joints to continue to function within the parameters of their construction as well as encouraging biodynamic compensations to occur within the tissues (fascial and muscular) at the site of dysfunction, as well as possibly neurologically reprogramming the muscles to create new movement patterns and neurological firing patterns. In clinical tests Kinesiotaping has been shown to be clinically significant in its effect on localized swelling and hematoma, when applied to sprains and contusions. I feel that Kinesiotape would benefit persons with localized swelling due to contusions, a subtle reminder for postural cues, or needing a mechanical adjustment to stick between session. Kinesiotaping is used widely by professional athletes as well Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists and Osteopaths. It is used to subtly mechanically correct joint tracking and positional anomalies or bolster key muscle activation during exercise for alignment and movement stabilization.