Kinesiotaping to Speed Healing
Published on August 8, 2022
by Dr. Caitlin Gordon

Kinesiotaping to Speed Healing

Published on August 8, 2022 by Dr. Caitlin Gordon

Kinesio tape has been around since the 70’s, but it’s become popular in the sports medicine field in the past decade or so. You may have even seen an application on one of your favorite athletes. 

However, kinesio tape is not just for the extremely active. It can be used for many conditions, even one’s that aren’t musculoskeletal based. 

The 5 major physiological systems that kinesio tape can benefit are:
  1. Fascia
  2. Circulatory/Lymphatic
  3. Muscles
  4. Tendons & Ligaments
  5. Joints

Using the appropriate techniques, kinesio tape can help with…

  • Joint pain
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Brachial plexus syndrome
  • Elbow bursitis
  • Headaches
  • Low back pain
  • Bruising
  • Patella Tendonitis
  • Shin splints
  • Lymphoedema
  • Constipation
  • Menstrual pain
  • Neck and shoulder tightness
  • Sprains & strains

Kinesio tape is not like a brace or compression tape. It doesn’t simply hold things in place. Instead, it supports the area by taking pressure off with a lifting effect. You’ll see it with the ripples that form in the tape after application. This allows for a proprioception response that reduces inflammation, inhibits pain receptors and allows for the body’s natural healing ability to take place.

Not all tape is created equal. Each brand has different properties and some might be more suitable than others. The same goes for application technique. Different ailments require different levels of tension based on the issue in the tissue. For instance, a muscle application may need 100% tension and a ligament application may only need 15% tension. 

There are many ways to cut the strip as well to get the desired effect. For example, you may require a “Y” strip over a joint and an “I” strip over a tight muscle. Bruises and lymphatic drainage applications are usually done using longer thin strips in a criss-cross shape over the affected area.

How long does it last?

The kinesio tape can stay on for 5-7 days. After that, you may need a different application technique based on the healing progress. It’s a great way to provide relief and rehabilitation between acupuncture appointments.

What type of Kinesio Tape is best?

With so many types on the market, it can be hard to choose. At our clinic, we use Kinesio® Tex Gold FP which is developed for Kinesio Medical Practitioners and backed by research and development since the early 1970’s.

It has a wave pattern providing Fingerprint [FP] technology and Nano Touch stimulation to the epidermis and superficial layers of the skin. It’s constructed of 100% cotton and elastic fibers. The adhesive is medical-grade, acrylic, and heat-activated. 

How do I tape my particular ailment?

While you may be able to get some relief from brands off the shelf or an at-home application, it’s best to consult with a Certified KinesioTaping® Practitioner. This way your progress can be professionally evaluated at every stage and you don’t run the risk of making things worse.

Our Certified KinesioTaping® Practitioner and acupuncturist, Belle, will be happy to assist you. You can schedule a taping consultation alone or add it to your next acupuncture appointment.

Resources

  1. © Kinesio IP, LLC. (2013). Fundamental Concepts of the Kinesio Taping® Method. (KT1). KinesioTaping® Association International.

Kinesio Tape. (2022). Kinesio Tape. https://kinesiotape.com/

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