A Brief History of Kinesio Tex Taping®

Kenzo Kase
Dr Kenzo Kase - 2008

The Kinesio Taping® technique and Kinesio Tex tape was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan more than 25 yrs ago. In the 1970's Dr. Kase began searching for a sports taping method which could assist in the healing of traumatised tissue and muscles. He found that standard taping techniques, such as athletic taping and strapping, provided muscle and joint support, however, they reduced range of motion, did not support the fascia and, in some cases, inhibited the actual healing process of traumatised tissue. A new treatment approach was needed.

In 1973, Dr Kase's objective was to create a therapeutic tape and taping technique which could support joints and muscles, without restricting range of motion. He also hoped to formulate a taping technique which could have benefits for the lymphatic system. Following two years of research into muscle taping, tape elasticity, adhesiveness and breathability Dr Kase developed Kinesio Tex® tape and the Kinesio Taping method.

Kinesio Taping first saw worldwide exposure during the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Since then, Kinesio has become a popular form of muscle taping used by many Health Professionals across the world.

To ensure the continuous development of the Kinesio Taping technique, Dr Kase founded the International Kinesio Taping Association International. The KTAI fulfils two functions, the first is to work with academic bodies to undertake clinical research. The second function is to bring together the latest research and offer the highest quality of training to Health Professionals.

In 2004, the UK saw the official introduction of Kinesio Taping and the setup of the official Kinesio UK office. The office administrates and co-ordinates the running of official certified Kinesio Taping Association International courses. Over 4000 practitioners have now been trained in the UK - many of whom look after some of the UK's top sporting athletes. These include Team GB, the UK Olympic teams, football clubs, rugby clubs and tennis associations. The UK office also serves as the head distributor for Kinesio Tex tape to resellers within the UK.

The UK office works with several academic establishments and professional associations and organisations. The UK is at the forefront in researching the effectiveness of Kinesio Taping for sports injuries. The UK is also a lead contributor in the use of Kinesio Taping within the fields of lymphoedema and paediatrics.

Dr Kenzo Kase continues to dedicate his life to the research and the development of the Kinesio Taping method. Based in Japan, Dr Kenzo Kase is contracted by the Japanese Health Ministry to provide a national program of Kinesio courses to Japanese practitioners. He is also a senior lecturer and international speaker.

Kinesio Tex tape, an elastic adhesive tape, was designed for use with the Kinesio Taping method by Dr Kase in response to limitations he encountered working with rigid sports tapes on his patients. Designed and manufactured by Kinesio®, Kinesio Tex is the only tape endorsed by Dr Kase and KTAI. It has been specifically designed to meet the requirements for the Kinesio Taping® technique. Its properties are very different from traditional athletic tapes and it has been developed to give optimum results.

Some features of Kinesio Tex Tape® are:

  • 100% cotton and latex free
  • Elasticity of up to 30-40% from resting length
  • Tape is applied with 10% stretch
  • Medical grade, heat sensitive acrylic adhesive
  • Allows the skin to breathe
  • Thickness and weight approximates that of skin
  • Easily tolerated
  • Allows range of motion and does not restrict like conventional athletic tape
  • Elastic properties to help to support and reduce muscle fatigue
  • Can be worn for several days (3-5) without re-application
  • Cost effective patient management (6-10 applications per roll)
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