The Theory of Kinesio Taping® and Basic Application Methods
By J-STAGE | 13 June 2012

This paper presents a review of Kinesio Taping® theory and basic application methods. In the Kinesio Taping® method, elastic tape is applied to the skin to improve the circulation of fluids, which is expected to raise the natural healing power. Using a relatively shallow-layer approach to the assessment and modification of tissue disorders, it aims at functional improvement focusing on myofascia. With regard to its effects, it improves muscle function and fluid circulation, suppresses pain and corrects joints, and prolongs the effect of treatments. A feature of Kinesio Taping® is that the tape itself is applied with little or no stretching. In addition, by changing the stretch or application method of the tape, the target fascia can be changed: low stretch for the dermis, myofascia and muscles; high stretch for the deep layers of the tendon, ligament and joint correction. This distinctive taping method can be used not only for treatment, and its application in physical therapy assessment and greater use in the field of physical therapy can be expected.

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