Kinesio taping (KT), sometimes called dynamic taping, is a healing technique where an elastic therapeutic tape is used for the treatment of sports injuries and a variety of other conditions. During the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008, many athletes were using KT to treat their injuries and to enhance performance. Since this time KT became very popular amongst the more general public.
The principle behind KT is that when the tape is applied it creates micro convolutions (folds) in the skin, which causes that the skin to lift away from the tissue underneath allowing a reduction in pressure in a given area.
As blood vessels and nerves function better, so too does the flow of lymph resulting in a reduction of pain signals to the brain. Also, KT has been found to prevent over-contraction of muscles (cramping), to facilitate lymphatic drainage, and to improve joint position and kinesthetic awareness.
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The Clinical Effects of Kinesio® Tex Taping: A systematic review is an article by Morris et al. (2013, p. 259) summarises the value of KT:
Taping is a commonly used intervention in the management of a number of clinical conditions such as patellofemoral pain and shoulder impingement syndrome (Callaghan, Selfe, Bagley, and Oldham, 2002; Copping and O’Driscoll, 2005).
Taping is purported to: facilitate and inhibit muscle activity (Alexander et al, 2003); reposition joints (Zanella, Willey, Seibel, and Hughes, 2001); prevent injury (Kneeshaw, 2002); and improve proprioception (Callaghan, Selfe, Bagley, and Oldham, 2002; Kneeshaw, 2002). Despite conflicting evidence regarding its efficacy, taping continues to be a widely used therapeutic intervention (Alexander et al, 2003).