Tape Up to Heal Up: The Many Benefits of Therapeutic Taping

By: Meredith Henderson, PTA

For those who suffer from a variety of orthopaedic or neuromuscular conditions, therapeutic taping can be a safe, easy, and cost-effective way to support and improve the function of muscles and joints while reducing pain and promoting overall healing.  One popular method, called Kinesio taping, gets its name from the word “kinesiology,” which is the study of the mechanics of body movements.

What is it?

Kinesio taping is a highly effective rehabilitative technique that is designed to support the body’s natural healing process.  Unlike stiff athletic tape, Kinesio Tex Tape is a breathable and flexible adhesive tape that serves a dual purpose of either facilitating or inhibiting muscle movement depending on the direction in which it is applied.

How does it work?

In addition to providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting one’s range of motion, the tape microscopically lifts the skin to help reduce pain and inflammation, promote good circulation, support lymphatic drainage, and facilitate overall healing.

How long does it last?

Both sweatproof and waterproof, Kinesio tape is easy to use and quite durable, with one application lasting an average of three to five days. It can be cut into various shapes – most often in single “I” strips or “X,” “Y,” and fan shapes – depending on the area of the body it will be applied to.

Who can benefit from it?

From pediatric to geriatric patients, this therapeutic taping method is safe and effective for people of all ages and can be especially beneficial for athletes.  In fact, many Olympic athletes use Kinesio Tex Tape to help enhance their performance when training and competing.

Where can I get it?

Kinesio Tex Tape is available online and at a variety of sporting goods stores. It can also be purchased at Harbin Clinic Chiropractic and Physical Therapy. For best results, consult a certified Kinesio taping practitioner for application and usage instructions.

For more information about Kinesio taping, call Harbin Clinic Chiropractic and Physical Therapy at 762-235-3970.