The Benefits of Using Kinesio Tex Gold Fan Cut Tape.

The Kinesio Tape Fan Cuts are made from the same wave-patterned material used to create Kinesio Tex Gold Classic, therefore, fan cuts offer these identical properties,

  • latex free
  • lightweight
  • breathable
  • water-resistant
  • can be worn up to 2-3 days.
Kinesio Tape 2" Fan Cut

Kinesio Tape 2″ Fan Cut

Kinesio fan taping is one of the most effective modalities to enhance lymphatic drainage for relief of edema, bruising, contusions, and even the severe swelling associated with lymphoedema. Each strip is pre-cut to form “legs” and together they create the “fan.” Each strip also has cut lines clearly marked on the back, allowing the size to be customized to the individual and specific contour needed.

The arms, legs, shoulders and feet are the most common places the Kinesio Fan Cut Tape to be applied. The strips can be applied together in combination or by themselves on the body.

Benefits of Kinesio Fan Cut over Regular Uncut Kinesio Tape:

  • Strips come pre-cut
  • Eliminates the need to painstakingly cut the desired pattern from a raw piece of uncut Kinesio Tape
  • Stores flat for easy transport
  • Offers the same benefits of Kinesio Tex Gold Classic tape

Available Sizes:

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Kinesio Fan Cut Tape is available in black, beige, blue, and red. Al of these colors have 5 legs per strip. Each of the 5 legs are 2” X 12”. Customers can order Kinesio Fan Cut Tape in a single packet with 5 strips or by the box with 50 strips. Orthoco also offers Kinesio Fan Cut Tape in beige only with 8 legs, sized 3” X 12”. These are also available in a single packet with 5 strips or by the box with 50 strips.

Kinesio Tape 3" Fan Cut

Kinesio Tape 3″ Fan Cut

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The Wonders of Kinesio Tex Tape.

The Wonders of Kinesio Tex Tape.

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Kinesio Taping Method: Plantar Fasciitis.
Courtesy of Kinesio USA.

Thanks to Dr. Kenzo Kase, a therapeutic treatment has changed the lives of millions of people who suffer from muscle pain or injury. Dr. Kase started creating his treatment in 1973, which is now known as the Kinesio Taping Method. The Kinesio Taping Method uses the application of Kinesio Tex Tape on the skin to decrease fluid pressure on the muscles and lessen pain without medication between medical visits. Kinesiology is the scientific study of muscle functions or muscle movement, which led Dr. Kase to name his concept: Kinesio Taping.

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Kinesio Tex Tape is so revolutionary because it is made of latex-free material and replicates the external layer of skin called the epidermis. It has large stretching capabilities and decreases the increased temperature that occurs when there is a large accumulation of fluids on the muscles. Kinesio Tape leaves little to no skin irritation due to the adhesive after the tape is applied. However, trimming of body hair may be necessary so the hair does not get in the way of the tape’s performance. That being said, the tape can be worn while bathing or swimming after a certain period of time and after being applied securely. When applied properly, the tape will lift the skin and lessen muscle dysfunction, or pain in the muscles.

Dr. Kase realized that each patient has unique needs, so the tape must be applied meticulously. The tape comes in many widths, lengths and colors. For example, the 2 Inch Tex Tape comes in beige, black, blue, red, and white and the temperature of the tape can be affected by the color chosen. Kinesio Taping practitioners now have resources available to assist them in treating their patients. For example, the Kinesio Taping Association International Database provides practitioners with frameworks for what is best for their patients. In addition, Dr. Kase offers workshops and texts that also aid those who are applying the tape.

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What is the Kinesio Taping Method?

The Kinesio Taping Method is quite different than conventional sports taping methods. It facilitates the body’s ability to heal itself, while it provides stability and support to joints and muscles. Range of motion will not be affected as it is with traditional taping, and Kinesio Taping provides the extended manipulation of soft tissue, which prolongs the manual therapy benefits.

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Sochi 2014 – Courtesy of Kinesio USA

 

What are the Properties of Kinesio Tex Gold Tape?

Kinesio Tape may be worn for several days, since it latex-free and hypoallergenic. The adhesive is heat-activated, so the tape does not loosen as the days go by. The tape is safe for everyone from young children to the elderly. It treats neurological, neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions.

How Does the Kinesio Taping Method Work?

The methodology used in Kinesio Taping is therapeutic and offers support as well as rehabilitation for the affected body parts. The system targets receptors in the body’s somatosensory system, allowing it to microscopically lift the skin for pain alleviation and to facilitate draining of the lymphatic system. The comfortable lifting of skin creates more space between skin and muscles, allowing for inflammation reduction.

Based upon many years of clinical use, Kinesio Tape is applied to patients after they are thoroughly evaluated. The findings within that clinical evaluation dictate the specific ways in which these taping methods can help the patient.

Using “I” strips or “Y” and “X” modifications of these strips, and other shapes, too, there are many ways the tape can be applied to benefit patients. Also important is the degree to which the tape is stretched and the direction of taping. You can apply Kinesio Tex Gold FP tape in many ways, allowing it to promote healing and circulation, prevent injury, enhance performance and reduce inflammation and pain. In addition, the methods allow the body to return to a state of homeostasis, where the body uses its own power to heal itself.

What are the Benefits of Kinesio Taping?

To achieve the full benefits of the Kinesio Taping Method, an experienced clinician must be able to assess and evaluate the patient’s needs. There may also be other conditions that require various other treatment regimens. The tests for evaluation include gait assessment, testing for range of motion and manual testing of muscles. The information gathered during the assessment will enable the clinician to lay out a comprehensive treatment plan.

Kinesio Tex Tape is a valuable addition to treatment. It has positive physiological effects not just on the skin, but also on joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and the circulatory and lymphatic systems. Clinicians can use the taping methods along with other treatments, and it is especially effective in rehabilitating injuries and for preventing further injury.

Education is Key to the Kinesio Taping Methodology.

It is vitally important that the person using Kinesio tape be someone who has learned how to apply it properly. There are many certified Kinesio Taping practitioners (CKTP) worldwide and the standards of practice are maintained by consistent teaching prior to a practitioner becoming certified. Courses and seminars offered by KTAI allow the Kinesio Taping Method to be used properly by all of its practitioners.

For more information on becoming a certified Kinesio Taping practitioner, click here or visit www.kinesiotaping.com/education.

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Kinesio Tape Inventor, Dr. Kase, to Attend Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia Next Week.

Dr. Kenzo Kase will be in Sochi, Russia to conduct Kinesio Taping demos and “how-to” clinics at different polyclinics all around the winter olympic games that will start Friday, February seventh.

Dr. Kase is the inventor of Kinesio tape, a breathable flexible adhesive tape used to treat numerous physical disorders including lymphedema, lumbar sprains and strains, and post-op shoulder surgery.

Organized with assistance from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical Commission, Dr. Kase will be aided by two Certified Kinesio Taping Instructors (CKTI) and approximately 90 Kinesio Taping Method trainees. These specialists will be treating olympic athletes from almost every corner of the planet at different polyclinics. The polyclinics will offer a wide array of medical, diagnostic, and rehab services accessible to all all athletes, in one stop for the span of the winter games. What’s more, the IOC Medical Commission has asked Dr. Kase to furnish workshops to help train delegates, from all over the world, on the utilization and application of the Kinesio Taping Method.

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Beyond the Kinesio Taping Method – What Other Techniques Are Out There?

Athletes and patients have many choices when it comes to addressing problems of swelling, muscle support and rehabilitation. Some of the most widely used methods like Kinesio Tex Gold Tape can stabilize and support affected areas. Conventional sports taping may decrease pain temporarily, but sometimes the side effects are more noticeable than the advantages.

What Taping Methods Are Commonly Used?

There are several main taping methods that are in common use today. They include white taping, the McConnell Taping Techniques, Mueller Taping and the Kinesio Taping Method.

White athletic tape is most commonly used today. It is a rigid tape and the joint or muscle is pre-wrapped before the white tape is applied. It can be used to prevent injuries or to treat acute injuries. White tape is usually only left on for a short time period, applied right before the activity and then removed immediately afterward.

Unlike Kinesio Tape, white tape may injure the skin if it is left on too long. The white athletic taping technique may cause irritation to the skin, since it traps moisture. In addition, the skin is compressed, as are the muscles and joints, and the high content of latex can irritate the skin. There are actually no rehabilitative benefits to be gained using white athletic tape, it is mainly used as a preventative.

The McConnell Taping Technique uses a cotton mesh tape that is quite rigid, and a method of strapping or bracing. This technique is used in limited cases, some of which involve hip, foot and lumbar impingement. Since it is not safe on skin like Kinesio Tape, it is not left on longer than 18 hours, to avoid irritation. McConnell taping affects the biomechanics of the patient. It is readily accepted by the medical and rehab community and is mainly used for neuromuscular training.

Mueller Taping kits are used mainly to support joints for athletic events. The process involves under-wrap foam tape and athletic tape. These kits are used for reinforcing ligaments after an injury to the wrist, knee ligament, shoulder or ankle.

The under-wrap is used so that sensitive skin won’t be affected by the athletic wrap. The athletic wrap itself adheres equally well to the skin or under-wrap. It conforms well to the part of the body that you are taping.

Mueller athletic tape is high strength and its secure taping can give you maximum comfort and support. In addition, this tape is said to increase your awareness of the injury so that you don’t over-use the joint while it is taped.

How Do These Methods Compare with the Kinesio Taping Method?

Kinesio Taping is a technique that is therapeutic for the joints and muscles being supported. In addition to support, the method also helps to rehabilitate injured parts of the body. The tape, unlike others, allows for your normal range of motion. Since it is hypoallergenic and latex-free, the tape can be used safely on virtually anyone.

Kinesio tape doesn’t surround the joint and compress the skin; this allows it to gently lift the skin to help open up the lymphatic canals and allow for lymphatic fluid and blood to flow more freely. You can wear Kinesio Tape for days at a time without risk of irritation.

Kinesio Taping is done utilizing specific methods, known as the Kinesio Taping Method, that are taught to licensed practitioners of the technique, when they are certified. Unlike other sports tapes, only certified kinesio tape professionals (CKTP) should use Kinesio tape.

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Becoming a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner.

How to Become a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner.

Since the popularity of Kinesio Tape has been growing, more and more allied health professionals are becoming Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioners (CKTP). They desire to go through the certification process so that they can earn their designation and properly practice the Kinesio Taping Method.

Kinesio Taping certification courses are open to licensed health care professionals in the following specialties:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Chiropractors
  • Licensed Acupuncturists
  • Licensed Massage Therapists
  • Doctors of Medicine (M.D. and D.O.)
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Karen Danish, PT and Certified Kinesio Taping Instructor checks a lower spine kinesio tape application during a KT1/KT2 course.

How to Become Certified.

In order to become certified, a clinician must attend and complete KT1, KT2 and KT3 approved seminars. The seminars are typically completed in two weekends, spaced apart. The first weekend covers KT1 and KT2 while the second weekend covers KT3. Clinicians must pass the CKTP exam with a score of 80% or greater, and maintain their annual KTAI membership. Additional course information is available at www.kinesiotaping.com/education/seminars/course-information.

When certified through this process, clinicians are allowed to add the CKTP designation to their letterhead and business cards. They will be eligible to serve as lab assistant at approved seminars for Kinesio Taping. If desired,  a CKTP Elite member can also be recognized and listed by name and location on the KTAI website, where they may be found by prospective patients in need of Kinesio Taping.

The CKTP designation is dependent upon membership and certification. It protects the CKTP credentials of all Kinesio Taping Method practitioners, and ensures that the title is only used for clinicians who have been certified as Kinesio Taping Practitioners. The designation also allows these practitioners to more fully promote their practice,  clinics and expertise in applying the Kinesio Taping Method.

How do Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioners Maintain Their Status?

The Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI) is the organization that certifies practitioners. They will maintain a continuous relationship with all of their certified practitioners. It’s important, once certified,  to keep the membership up to date, so that clinicians have access to the latest research and news about the Kinesio Taping Method. This comes through member newsletters, the Ask the Expert Forum, and the Application Database online.

KTAI is always working to improve courses and course content, so the actual process of certification may change. Current practitioners who wish to remain certified must follow any standards that have been updated since their certification, in order to remain certified. Additional certification requirements and information can be found at www.kinesiotaping.com/education/certification.

More Background on the Kinesio Taping Method.

Kinesio taping and products like Kinesio Tex Gold FP have changed the lives of athletes and other patients, worldwide. There are many CKTP’s working in hands-on seminars and studying to become Certified Instructors.

The methodology of Kinesio Taping involves a taping technique that is rehabilitative, and designed to allow the body to heal, even as it supports joints and muscles. Range of motion is not restricted and the underlying soft tissue is manipulated to give users the prolonged benefits of therapy.

Kinesio Tex Gold Tape can be worn for days without removal, and it’s latex-free and hypoallergenic. The tape is safe for everyone from children to the aging population, and it successfully treats neurological, neuromuscular, and orthopedic conditions. Kinesio Tape products and information may be found at www.orthoco.com.

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Kinesio Taping in the Equine Field.

Photo courtesy of Kinesio-USA.

Dr. Kase Kinesio Taping a Horse. Photo courtesy of Kinesio-USA.

Human athletes are not the only ones to benefit from Kinesio Taping. More and more horse owners are discovering that Kinesio Tape has many advantages in equine use, as well. Since only certified professionals can use this taping method, you know that your horse will be properly taped for maximum support with full range of motion.

Who Can Apply Kinesio Tape for Equines?

Veterinarians who wish to become certified in Kinesio Taping for Horses must have the authorization to practice within their home country. They must have been in practice for one year or more and have a license or a degree.

If you’re an animal therapist, you must be trained specifically in the equine field. You need to be certified as an animal physical therapist or have a similar certification. You should have at least two years of practice since you were certified.

Equine chiropractic practitioners must have training specifically for horses and have a certificate that proves this. Likewise, if you are an animal certified doctor of osteopathy, you must provide a license or degree.

Equine massage therapists will need a certificate of completion of 300 hours in the field, and 50 of these hours must cover anatomy. You should have at least three years of practice since receiving your certificate. You also must be referred by a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine.

Animal physical therapists and veterinary technicians must be certified in the equine field. They, too, must show 300 hours of practice and 50 hours must be in the area of anatomy study. If you don’t have a degree, you need to submit letters from your veterinary doctor or V.M.D.

Veterinary students who are in their last year can apply for eligibility for the KTE1 and KTE2 courses. The KTE3 course must be taken within a year after you graduate.

Students in programs specifically designated as equine massage therapy, osteopathy, chiropractic and animal physiology will not be accepted for training until they have their degree or license.

What Type of Training is Required to Become an Equine Kinesio Taping Practitioner?

The KT Equine 1 course is the introduction for potential practitioners of the Kinesio Taping Method for Equines. This is an eight-hour course which is taken along with KTE2. This course:

  • Introduces equine animal practitioners to KTM as it applies to horses.
  • Allows students to learn the concepts of Kinesio Taping and the uses and properties of Kinesio Tex Tape Gold FP and other Kinesio tapes.
  • Uses lab sessions for students to practice applications on equine patients.
  • Gives attendees the information needed to discuss and then apply the Kinesio Taping Method to horses, to reduce swelling and pain, stimulate weak muscles and relax over-used muscles.

The KT Equine 2 course teaches students the concepts and techniques for horses. It builds on the materials that were learned in the first phase of equine-specific training. Students will learn the five proper corrective taping techniques and talk about the proper applications in different clinical conditions. This course also includes a workbook and a 60-day KTAI trial membership.

The KT Equine 3 course builds on the base of the first two courses. It gives students extra time for actual application. Your instructor will discuss equine-specific issues and upon completion, you will be able to request and then take an exam so that you can be a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner for Equines, also known as CKTP-E.

For more information on Kinesio Taping Equine courses, please visit: www.kinesioequine.com

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The History of Kinesio Tape.

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Dr. Kase assesses a shoulder. Courtesy, Kinesio-USA.

Before Kinesio tape was designed by Dr. Kenzo Kase of Japan over 30 years ago, sports taping was not as advantageous to athletes as it could be. Dr. Kase was searching for a way that using tape could heal traumatized muscles and tissue, in addition to supporting them. Strapping and athletic taping were the predominant techniques at the time, but they often reduced the effective range of motion and may have inhibited the ability for the tissue to heal.

How did Dr. Kase Develop Kinesio Tex® Tape?

Dr. Kase was intent on developing a tape and a technique that would not only offer support to muscles and joints, but which would also not restrict the athletes’ range of motion. His ideal taping technique would also benefit the athletes’ lymphatic system. After two years spent researching the benefits of athletic taping, he would develop Kinesio Tex® Tape as well as the proper way to apply the tape, known as the Kinesio Taping Method.

This type of athletic taping was first seen by the world at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Since that time, it has become a well-respected way to tape muscles and is used all around the world. To make sure that the taping technique would properly develop, Dr. Kase would found the Kinesio Taping Association International or KTAI. This teaching body works with academic groups in the form of research. It also brings the latest research to light and offers high level training to qualified health care professionals.

The Origins of the Kinesio Taping Association International.

So that the new developments could be shared more easily, the Kinesio Taping Association International began in 1984, in Japan. This gave health care practitioners an easier way in which to share information, in addition to gathering these professionals at KTAI symposiums. The association has grown from that time into a body with over 10,000 members, spreading the expertise and knowledge of Kinesio Taping throughout the world. There are over 5,000 members located in the United States alone. In 2013, the KTAI held its 28th international symposium.

The KTAI office works in conjunction with professional organizations and academic establishments to research the ways in which the Kinesio taping method can be used most effectively. The tape is also used for pediatric patients and those with lymphodema. It has properties which make it very different than conventional athletic tape, and its development gives athletes and other users optimum results.

The Benefits of Kinesio Tape.

Kinesio Tex® Tape offers many benefits for athletes. It is made with a heat-sensitive medical grade adhesive, and its weight and thickness are similar to that of human skin. It is latex-free and made from 100% cotton, which will allow skin to properly breathe. Kinesio Tape does not restrict range of motion like traditional tape does and its unique elasticity supports the muscle and reduces fatigue. This innovative tape can be left on for several days without having to be re-applied thus making it extremely cost-effective.

Dr. Kase still dedicates his life’s work toward researching and further developing the Kinesio Taping Method. He also speaks internationally about the benefits of Kinesio tape and proper taping techniques. Most recently, in January 2013, Kinesio-USA introduced the newly re-designed Kinesio Tex Gold FP (Finger Print) which is built on the very same foundation developed over 30 years ago.

Helpful Links:

KTAI: Kinesio Taping Association International.

OrthoCo: Kinesio Tape Products and Information.

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Kinesio Tape in Professional Sports.

Kinesio Tape in Professional Sports.

You’ve probably seen famous athletes using Kinesio Tex Gold FP tape and may have wondered what it was for, and what its uses are. Athletes at all levels show talent, hard work, dedication and skill. When you watch the Olympics, you probably marvel at the drive an athlete must have to compete at this level.

Why do Professional Athletes Use Kinesio Taping?

Professional athletes are singularly prone to injuries, especially those from repetitive use of muscles.  The Kinesio Taping Method helps their bodies to heal while it supports their muscles and joints for competition. The range of motion is not compromised, as it is with conventional sports tapes, so their performance is unaffected.

Using this method, Kinesio tape is placed over areas of strain or injury. While the tape supports the muscles and joints, the pull of the tape on the skin improves the blood flow and the flow of lymphatic fluids beneath the skin.

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Courtesy of Kinesio-USA.

Who Uses Kinesio Taping among Pro Athletes?

You’ve seen athletes at major sporting events and the Olympics wearing the various colors of Kinesio Tex Gold tape (Beige, Blue, Red, Black, and White). Lance Armstrong, best known for his cycling, wore the tape when he ran the New York City Marathon in 2006.

Kevin Garnett, who recently played for the Boston Celtics, wears Kinesio tape, as does former soccer superstar David Beckham. Kerri Walsh wore Kinesio tape in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Serena Williams, the champion tennis player, has also worn Kinesio Tex Gold FP tape.

How Widespread is Kinesio Tape Use?

The Kinesio Taping Method may have originated in Japan, but it is used worldwide now, and professional athletes bring products like this to the forefront, since they are so visible in the games they play. This “magic” tape is known to decrease pain, improve performance, and heal injuries.

Kinesio taping is used to improve training levels in athletes. It also decreases swelling, increases muscles’ work capacity, increases circulation and relaxes tight muscles. Tennis players, golfers and other athletes – professional and amateur – benefit from the tape, which helps in the healing of injured, bruised tissue.

Kinesio taping methods help to support muscles and joints when professional athletes need to be at their best. It works the same on many patients, whether they happen to be athletes or not. Kinesio helps to manage pain effectively and is a favorite among U.S. Olympians, during their training. It enables top performance while helping to reduce both pain and the risk of further injury.

Kinesio Tex Gold FP tape is a valuable training aid for professional athletes. It can be used in nearly any situation, from training to competition. It’s easy to use, although if it’s your first time, a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP) should show you how to properly apply it. This tape is also used in collegiate athletic departments, and in clinics and hospitals.

In the first 10 years after it was developed, the Kinesio Taping Method was mainly used by Japanese medical practitioners, acupuncturists, chiropractors and orthopedists. Soon afterward, it was used by Japanese professional and Olympic athletes. Today, you’ll find many Olympic and other professional athletes from around the world using Kinesio Tex Gold FP tape to support joints and muscles and help the body heal, while they still play at the top of their game.

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Kinesio Tape: How it Works.

Kinesio Tape: How it Works

Although the tape itself is not new, Kinesio Tape is becoming more popular each year, for protecting, supporting and healing joints, muscles and other areas of the body. Therapists are trained to properly use the tape by certified instructors who fully understand the uses of the tape.

The tape itself is made from light-weight cotton and is hypoallergenic. The backing consists of a medical-grade adhesive that is heat-activated and the overall thickness and weight of this tape approximates that of human skin. The tape is also latex-free.

Kinesio tape extends to 30%-40% of its length when it is stretched out, allowing it to support muscles and joints while is still allows them to properly move. When applied properly, it does not restrict the range of motion like other sports tapes do.

Who Uses Kinesio Tape?

Sports managers and trainers are not the only ones using this revolutionary tape. It is also used by  physicians, occupational therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists, physiotherapists, nurses, and manual therapists. It has been used for disparate problems, from turf toe to TMJ.

How Does Kinesio Tex Gold Tape Work?

When it is applied, the tape pulls on the upper skin layers, which creates more space between the muscle and dermis. It is believed that this space relieves some pressure on lymph channels, which creates better lymph drainage.

When the space between muscle and epidermis is compressed, as it is with injuries, nerve receptors are also compressed. They send information onto the brain, which the brain reacts to by sending out signals telling the body how it should respond. Kinesio Tape alters that information so that the body does not react as strongly.

It is also believed that Kinesio Tape affects tissues found deeper within the body. The muscles can contract more easily, allowing for better muscle function. The taping also improves the alignment of joints and can be helpful in the reduction of poor joint function, since it influences joint mobility and opposing muscle groups.

Lymph and fascia are inter-related, since fascia separates and divides muscles and organs, providing support. The lymphatic system removes chemical substances and fluids within muscles. Their channels pass between muscle and bone and between muscle and skin. When lymphatic flow is increased or restricted, fluid accumulation occurs and this results in a swelling that will decrease the amount of space between the skin and muscle. This causes the body to react to the painful stimulus.  

Kinesio Tape gently lifts the skin.

How Does the Kinesio Taping Method Work to Support and Heal?

Athletes use Kinesio taping to treat and support injured joints and muscles. Anyone can benefit from the use of the tape, the latest iteration known as Kinesio Tex Gold FP, since it gently lifts the skin in a way that allows body fluids to move more freely and easily throughout the muscles.

With conventional taping, entire parts of limbs are taped, which prevents strain but also restricts movement. It also impedes circulation and slows down your body’s ability to heal itself. Kinesio Tape allows full movement and does not isolate or restrict a muscle or joint. As you move your joints, the fascia moves a bit away from muscles and allows lymphatic fluids to flow through and “clean out” the tissue that was inflamed.

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