How Does Kinesio Tape Work?
We’re sure you’ve seen people running around, doing yoga or lifting weights at the gym with fun colored tape on their bodies.
From shoulders and knees, to backs and a tone of other places Kinesio Tape (also known as K tape) has apparently taken over.
If it’s piqued your interest and you think you are ready to try it yourself, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll cover what K tape even is, why athletes use it and other questions you probably have.
What Is Kinesiology Tape?
Today, there are tons of different brands of kinesiology tape out there. From Rocktape to Sparthos, you can find just about any color or graphic you want out there.
The original Kinesio tape (or Kinesio Tex Tape), was developed in the 1970s by a Japanese Chiropractor named Dr. Kenzo Kase. He wanted a tape that could provide support to over active muscles but didn’t limit movement the way traditional athletic tapes do. From there, the rest is history.
What Is Kinesio Tape Used For
Aside from everyone and their mothers, if you’ve watched a volleyball game or competitive bicycle race, you’ve probably seen it: strips of colorful tape splayed in patterns across shoulders, knees, backs, and abs. That’s kinesiology tape.
Enthusiasts swear by it, but so far, there needs to be more research to say with certainty what taping can and cannot do.
Typically chiropractors and injury rehab specialists will use them for any of the following…
- Treating injuries
- Supporting weak zones
- Re-educating muscles
- Enhancing performance
- Managing scars
How does kinesiology tape work?
Kinesiology tape is really stretchy.
Kase created Kinesio tape with a proprietary blend of cotton and nylon. It’s designed to mimic the skin’s elasticity so you can use your full range of motion. The tape’s medical-grade adhesive is also water-resistant and strong enough to stay on for three to five days, even while you work out or take showers.
When the tape is applied to your body, it recoils slightly, gently lifting your skin. It is believed that this helps to create a microscopic space between your skin and the tissues underneath it.
Does K Tape really work?
The answer for some people is: absolutely it does. The answer by others are not so sure.
The truth is, we still need more studies and research in the matter. Like all things out there though, it really comes down to personal preference. If you use it and feel the benefits and positive effects, then clearly you should continue. The best answer is that kinesiology taping is most effective when used together with conventional treatments.