Kinesio Taping

Have you ever wondered what that crazy patterned multi-colored tape is that seems to be decorating the bodies of athletes lately? The answer is here: it's Kinesio Tape! The Kinesio Taping Method was developed by a practitioner named Dr. Kenzo Kase in the 1970's as a rehabilitation modality used to physiologically work with the body's natural healing methods while allowing normal ranges of motion of joints and providing support for joint structures simultaneously.

In the clinic it can also be used to promote and maintain changes made as a result of the manual therapy techniques that physical therapists will use as treatment. Its uses are widespread in a clinical environment, but Kinesio Tape is primarily used to either facilitate a weak muscle to work optimally or to provide proprioceptive inhibition of musculature that is either compensating for weak muscles or has become dominant in a particular movement pattern. Kinesio Taping also has the capability to treat pain and swelling by targeting receptors within the somatosensory system.

The taping techniques can be applied in different ways to accomplish both of these goals and work along muscle fibers allowing stretch without inhibiting normal movement of the joint.

The tape is comfortable to wear, waterproof, latex-free, and will generally stay on for three to five days after application. Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioners (CKTP) have been trained in and have practiced various techniques for various body parts and conditions and are able to select a taping technique that is appropriate for each patient after evaluation of their current condition and presentation.

Is Kinesio Taping only for athletes?
No, Kinesio Tape is commonly used to treat tennis elbow, patellofemoral pain, knee sprains, bunions, postural neck pain, and IT Band tension. It can also assist in drainage of large bruises and lymphedema, and serve as proprioceptive reminders for posture in the neck, back, and knees.

Our Physical Therapist will determine if this method should be incorporated into your treatment program to facilitate the recovery process. This is but one of our innovative approaches to providing pain relief and greater mobility.

Initial Evaluation and Taping $30, then $20 per taping session. By appointment only