CEU Corner: Kinesio taping (KT1 & KT2)

Kinesio taping exploded into the public’s eye probably during the 2008 Summer Olympics when a number of the beach volleyball players were sporting brightly colored pieces of tape on their bodies in all these weird formations.  Since then it seems to have gathered steam as more and more athletes have been photographed wearing the tape all over their bodies.  Not surprisingly the practices of the elite athletes that we immortalize will trickle down to athletes at the high school and pop warner levels as well as to the weekend warrior.  Even less surprising is that as the exposure has increased the frequency of patients coming to the clinic looking for the taping had increased as well.

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This past weekend Dr. Ireland attended a 2 day Kineio Taping course with the first day being devoted to KT1: Fundamental Concepts of the Kinesio Taping Method and the second being KT2: Advanced Concepts and Corrective Techniques of the Kinesio Taping Method.  Kinesio Taping was first developed by Dr Kenso Kase, a Chiropractor from Japan, in 1979 after 6 years of clinical development with his patients.  He then spent the next 3 years specifically designing the proper type of tape that is specifically used in the Kinesio Taping Method.  He first introduced the taping techniques to hospitals in Japan until 1988 when he first used his techniques at the Seoul Olympics.  Since then it has spread throughout the world.  Over that timeframe, Dr. Kase has continually updated/improved the techniques to applying the tape as more research has been done throughout the rehabilitation principles as well as to the actual taping material as advances in production, adhesives, and research has grown.

Kinesio Tape works well on many things but some of the most effective changes occur in improving skin mobility and sensation, in improving fascia (which is connective tissue that holds everything inside the body together) mobility, it can improve circulation and help the lymphatic system drain all of the excessive cellular waste that injuries often create.  Additionally, it can be used to help facilitate or inhibit muscle tensions which can reduce or improve the force going through the various joints of the bodies.

If you are interested in seeing how Kinesio Taping can possibly reduce your swelling, improve your mobility, or get you back into your sport/activity give us a call and we can set something up!