The Kinesio Tex Taping® Method - Concepts
How does Kinesio Taping® Work?
Kinesio Taping's key differentiator is its ability to aid the lymphatic and muscle systems.
For many, the Kinesio Taping® applications are a major breakthrough which substantially reduce
recovery times and improve fitness levels.
Applications can also encourage lymphatic fluid to move from areas of high pressure to low pressure and towards
working lymph nodes. For example, it might be necessary to clear areas where the lymph will be draining towards.
Kinesio Taping can also help to facilitate the stretch response of the angions,
with movement or muscle contraction. To ensure that the muscles have free range
of motion, elastic tapes with an elasticity of 130-140% of its original length
are recommended for Kinesio Taping. This specific elasticity also will not allow
an over stretch of the muscles themselves. It may look like conventional athletic
tape, but tape and Kinesio Taping is fundamentally different. Kinesio Taping
is based on a different philosophy that aims to give free range of motion in
order to allow the body's muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically.
Without KT there is pain and pressure on the receptors. Blood and Lymph
is trapped under the skin. With KT the top layer of tape causes convolutions
and lifts the skin. Pain and pressure is reduced. Blood and Lymph fluid
Physiological Effects of Kinesio Tex Taping:
- Relieves pain
- Supports muscles in movement
- Removes lymphatic fluid congestion
- Corrects joint mis-alignment
- Assists in positioning a muscle or joint into proper position for rehabilitation
- Assists a weak muscle by placing it in a normal position
- Improves kinesthetic awareness of posture and alignment
Removal of the tape should be done in the direction of the hair growth. There are two different ways
to remove the Kinesio Tex - by removing the tape from the skin or removing the skin from the tape. The
first method is to roll the tape off using the base of the hand. The other method is pulling the skin
gently from the tape with the fingers. Kinesio Tape may be removed while soaked in water, soap, hand
lotion or oil may be used to ease the removal.
Please Note: Kinesio Taping® is a lymph correction technique
that facilitates circulatory and lymphatic flow. It is recommended that only
practitioners trained in treating lymphatic disorders and the application of
Kinesio Tex® Tape use this technique as a treatment. The tape should only
be applied under the guidance/advice of a practitioner. Kinesio UK recommends
that patients should consult a qualified practitioner before self-application.
Caution should be exercised to when taping on elderly patients or individuals
who have systemic illness, sensitivity or traumatised tissue. A patch test should
be undertaken on new patients to test for sensitivity.