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Kinesio taping gained popularity after it was used by Olympic athletes at the last three Summer Games. It is a technique used to enhance the movement of muscles and joints without restricting movement. This is the primary difference between Kinesio taping and other traditional taping techniques, as the elastic property facilitates proper biomechanical movement as opposed to restricting movement at a particular joint. Depending on your specific diagnosis, one method may be more suitable than another.
The elastic property of the tape causes a "recoil" effect which slightly elevates the skin. This creates convolutions (ripples) of the skin which decreases the pressure on pain receptors and thus decreasing pain levels and facilitating movement. The tape can be used to decrease the firing of an overworking muscle, increase the firing of an underperforming muscle, provide lymphatic drainage, or provide ligamentous correction. After a diagnosis is made, the practitioner decides the appropriate shape of the tape strip and the appropriate direction of application. During application, a varying degree of tension is applied to the tape to get the desired effect necessary for the diagnosis.
Kinesio tape is latex-free, but not allergy-free. Each taping typically lasts for about 3-5 days. It can be worn in the shower or bathtub and even while swimming or during other strenuous physical exercise. If itching or pain occurs under the taped area it should be removed. Soreness or pain in surrounding areas can be a good sign that the tape is working.