Kinesio tape and the KT method were founded and developed in 1973 by Dr Kenzo Kase, a chiropractor from Japan. Motivated by a desire for a product with a unique set of characteristics not found anywhere else, Dr Kase wanted his patients to utilise a prescription that they could take home and use between visits.
The KT method is a therapeutic taping technique using tape of a thickness and weight that mimics the top level of skin. It stretches by up to 60% of its resting length which is similar to the elastic properties of the skin. The elastic properties are effective for 3-5 days allowing for ongoing benefits between physiotherapy treatments.
The tape is water resistant, quick drying and allows moisture to escape. It can be applied through any phase of injury as it can be utilised to initially reduce inflammation acutely and progress through all phases of rehabilitation.
Effects of Kinesio Tape:
- Decreases pain due to inflammation
- Assists in lymphatic drainage
- Increases muscle mobility
- Assists muscle tissue recovery
- Reduces muscle fatigue
- Reduces protective muscle guarding
- Facilitates ligament/tendon function