Here at Mike Varney Physiotherapy all of the physiotherapists have attended courses on kinesio tape techniques and are qualified to treat injuries with this specialised type of taping. You may have noticed kinesio tape being worn by popular athletes including David Beckham, Tom Daley, Gareth Bale and Novak Djokovic who wore kinesio tape at the Australian Tennis Open.
We believe that kinesio taping is beneficial as part of our patients treatments, not only for athletes and those participating in sport, but also for the reduction of pain and supporting weak joints. We have also found kinesio tape techniques are very successful in the treatment of adolescent injuries, especially in young aspiring athletes.
What is Kinesio Tape?
Kinesio taping techiques were developed and introduced in the late 1970’s by Dr. Kenzo Kase. Kinesio tape is a waterproof tape made out of a high cotton material and has the thickness, weight and flexibility of the skin.
How does Kinesio Tape Work?
When a muscle is inflamed the space between the skin and muscle is compressed causing pain. By stretching a muscle and applying kinesio tape convulsions are formed when the area is relaxed. This increases the space between the skin and muscle, improving drainage and blood flow, and reducing pain. In contrast to other taping Kinesio tape does not restrict the movement of the skin, joints or muscles, instead it encourages the bodies own healing mechanism. The tape is applied to the skin and can last up to 4/5 days. It is comfortable to wear and allergic skin reactions are very rare. Waterproof kinesio tape does not need to be renewed after sports activity or contact with water.
Famous sports personalities that have used kinesio tap:
- David Beckham
- Serena Williams
- Tiger Woods
- Lance Armstrong
- Gareth Bale
- Tom Daley
- Novak Djokovic
Kinesio Taping For The Knee
By clicking the picture above you can see the process for kinesio taping the knee.
Kinesio Taping For The Shoulder
By clicking the picture above you can see the process of kinesio taping the shoulder.