Who is Kinesiotaping For?
Therapeutic taping for musculoskeletal conditions. Kinesio Tape (KT Tape), RockTape, StrengthTape, and SpiderTech are a few of the more common therapeutic taping products that are being used by Mountain Land physical Therapists. Therapeutic taping gained wide recognition during the 2016 Rio De Janero Olympics when Kerry Jennings, of the US Women’s Sand Volleyball Team had the modality applied to her shoulder during her matches.
Therapeutic taping is a tool utilized for treating patients from pediatrics to geriatrics. Orthopaedic, neurological, oncology and others at all levels of care from acute to chronic conditions. The idea of using elastic tape to mimic the therapist’s hands was first presented by Dr. Kenzo Kase in the 1970s. Since then, it has become a modality used in pain management, soft tissue injury, tissues and joints malalignment, edema, and more.
Benefits of Kinesiotaping
Therapeutic taping is based on the science of maintaining support to the body while allowing blood and other bodily fluids to move freely through and around the injured muscle. The strategically placed tape stabilizes the injured area by lightly adhering to the skin and applying pressure to the tissues the tape is wrapped around.
This tape allows the connective tissue surrounding the affected muscle or tendon to move along with the body. It gently allows the free flow of blood and lymphatic fluid to cleanse and heal the inflammation without the use of medications or surgery.
This special tape helps to improve circulation, support muscles, allow the internal injury to heal, and help prevent further muscle injury while still allowing motion.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Should therapeutic tape all day?
A: Kinesiology tape can be worn for up to five days, if necessary, allowing the wearer to protect an injury without having to take complete rest.
Q: Can you shower with KT tape on?
A: Most brands of therapeutic tape are water resistant. You may shower, bathe and swim with the tape on the skin. Let the tape air dry, or pat dry with a towel (do not use a hair dryer to dry). Avoid sun/excessive heat on the tape.
Q: Is there a difference between the colors of therapeutic tape?
A: There is no physical or chemical difference between the colors. The colors were developed to be compatible with color therapy. The beige was created for minimal visibility and the black was created after many requests. Color choice is a matter of individual preference.