Kinesio Taping, or K-Taping, is an innovative rehabilitative therapy that has made a lasting impact on the sports medicine industry. Developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase of Japan, Kinesio Taping utilizes the body’s natural healing process to encourage the flow of lymph fluid to repair and regenerate muscle tissue.
The typical method of sports taping, using layers of athletic tape wrapped around an injured area in order to decrease mobility and provide pressure, can have the detrimental effect of limiting the flow of bodily fluids. Kinesio Taping, however, provides the inverse effect of preventing the contraction of muscles and stimulating the flow of fluids like lymph fluid, which is essential for the body in the healing process. K-Taping allows for a wide range of movement, and does not constrict the area in question.
Kinesio Tape is placed in strips on the body along areas experiencing pain. Commonly used on the back, legs, shoulders, and arms, strips are placed strategically by your provider to lift the skin and allow for an increased flow of blood and lymph fluid. The tape is made to stretch, allowing for full mobility, and is designed to mimic human skin and thickness. Your provider will make sure the tape is applied to support the underlying muscle, improving circulation and muscle contraction and reducing fatigue and cramping.
Kinesio Taping may be used in conjunction with other therapies, such as the Graston Technique®, electric stimulation, or manual therapies like chiropractic care. The tape is durable, and can typically be worn for 3 to 4 days before needing to be reapplied. It is made from premium cotton, allowing the material to breathe, and is latex-free to avoid complications with sensitive skin.
Dr. Russ Jepson of the Sports Spine and Injury Center received his certification in Kinesio Taping in 2010. Dr. Jepson’s experience in using K-tape in addition to soft tissue therapy has proven to drastically increase recovery time by minimizing pain and allowing for freedom of movement.
Kinesiology Taping is available at the Sports Spine and Injury Center with Dr. Russ Jepson. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, please call the Sports Spine and Injury Center at 435.688.7246, or request an appointment online.