Kinesiology taping was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor in the 1970’s. The tape is an elastic adhesive tape that is strategically placed on certain muscles in specific directions to achieve any of the following:
- Reduce pain
- Decrease inflammation and edema
- Improve joint function
- Improve muscle function by improving neurological stimulation of underused muscles and neurological inhibition of overused muscles.
The tape does not limit any range of motion and can be worn for two to five days. Yes, even in the shower…
You may see pictures of Lance Armstrong, David Beckham, Kerri Walsh, Kevin Garnett and many other professional athletes wearing the brightly colored tape because it truly enhances athletic performance.
Here is a list of articles to read:
Wall Street Journal “Putting On The Strips To Ease Pain”
Funny Blog referencing the Boston Celtic’s Coach talking about kinesiology tape:
The New York Times article showing Olympian Kerri Walsh sporting tape:
Kinesiology tape is even being used on horses: