Kinesiotaping is a specialized method of taping with a special tape (called Kinesio Tex Tape )that has many applications to help pain and dysfunction. This technique and the tape was developed by a Kenzo Kase D.C. , a chiropractor from Japan beginning in the 1970’s. It has been refined and developed over this time.
It was first very popular in Japan. It then spread to professional athletic circles and finally came to the U.S. in the late 1990s starting in the colleges. It is now utilized across the USA in all ages and for many conditions from young children, to athletes and elderly.
Kinesio Tex tape has the elastic properties similar to skin and muscle. The tape works with the body on the fascial and neuromuscular levels. The benefits of kinesiotape are dependent on how it is applied. The direction of the pull of the tape and the amount of pull used when the tape is applied determines the effects obtained. Some applications can be very intricate. It is important to have a trained Kinesiotaping practitioner apply the tape and instruct you if you are going to do it at home.
Kinesiotaping can be used to support joints, help re-educate the neuromusclular function, decrease swelling, decrease pain , prevent injury, promote improved circulation and healing. The most common areas to tape are the back, shoulder and knee. But kinesiotape is very adaptable to many conditions.
Rick took his certification classes in 2002 and became one of the first Certified Kinesiotaping Practioners in Kansas. He has utilized the kinesiotaping with all types of patients from infants, high school and college athletes to work injuries and arthritic conditions.