The Kinesio sport taping method is a form of taping that uses a special type of unidirectional elastic tape. The theory being that the tape has similar properties to the outside layers of the human body. Unlike ridged taping methods the tape attempts to replicate and enhance the function of muscle fibres and tendons instead of restricting their range of movement. This means it may be able to add a supportive role to the body whilst not feeling uncomfortable to wear.
The tape is able to withstand sweating and being water logged so it is ideal for sports environments. It is kind on the skin (no nasty rashes) and yet designed to be tough enough to be worn 24 hours a day for 3 to 5 days continuously.
It was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase over 25 years ago in Japan and is now used by some of the top professional sports people the world over. During the Olympics in Beijing, China 50,000 roles of Kinesio Tex Tape were utilized and it was seen on over 200 athletes during its three weeks. The taping method is now used extensively for people from all walks of life, in a multitude of applications.
The tape provides micro-stimulation to the skin and muscles fibres as you move. It has a unique 'finger print' adhesive technology which has the effect of prolonging the effect of treatment provided by the practitioner. The tape lifts the outer layers of the skin and fascia and thus allows an injured area to drain any inflammation more easily. It is as if the 'hands of the practitioner' are still working on the patient after a treatment.
When applied correctly the tape stretches and moves with the body while supporting it to help prevent further damage to the affected site. It provides the support and reassurance for those that need to continue working or participating in sports after an injury has occurred.
It is very important the tape is applied correctly. Depending on how the tape is applied it can either inhibit (relax) or facilitate (activate) the muscles. Our practitioners are trained in the original taping methods developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase and have undergone an extensive training program to be able to offer the best to our clients.
Without knowing where the muscle or ligament origins and insertions are the tape cannot be properly targeted to do its job. Our practitioners have an in-depth anatomical understanding of the body and are highly practiced at applying the tape precisely over the body with the right amount of stretch in the tape.
Our sports osteopaths are at the Wellwest Clinic, 31 Lincoln Road in Henderson, West Auckland. Call 838 0631.