Kinesio Taping / Functional Athletic Taping

Active Spine & Sports Care


About Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio Taping Method is a special rehabilitative taping technique that utilizes Kinesio Tape exclusively. This method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints. The Kinesio Taping Method does not restrict the body’s range of motion. It also provides access to body tissue for soft tissue manipulation during manual therapy.

The Kinesio Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique that offers patients the support that they need. It helps rehabilitation efforts for their affected body parts. Receptors within the somatosensory system are targeted and pain relief occurs due to lymphatic drainage that has been enabled by the Kinesio Tape. Interstitial space is increased due to the formation of convolutions in the skin that occurred due to the tape microscopically lifting the skin. The result is the inflammation in the affected areas decreases tremendously.


Brief History of Kinesio Taping

Those in the medical and holistic practice mainly used Kinesio Taping for the first 10 years. Afterwards, it became noticed by Olympic volleyball players in Japan and then the word about the product soon circulated to other athletes. Many athletes all over the world accept Kinesio Taping. Medical practitioners also utilized Kinesio Tape in their practice. The procedure of Kinesio Taping has been incorporated into the medical care for athletes since 2004. The US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team also endorses the use of Kinesio Tape and the Kinesio Taping Method.

Our doctors serve as a Certified Functional Movement Taping Practitioner for Rock Tape and have been invited to the CrossFit Games by RockTape on multiple occasions.

Procedure and Application

Kinesio Tape can be applied in many ways. This is done with the utilization of single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X”, “Y” or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application. It has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, enhance performance, reduce pain and inflammation, prevent injury and promote healing and good circulation, as well as assist in returning the body to a normal state.

Each patient is evaluated and decisions are made at to whether they need the Kinesio Tape or other forms of treatment. Treatment of any clinical condition does involve an assessment and evaluation. Sometimes an underlying condition may also need to be treated.

Manual muscle testing, gait assessment, special orthopedic tests, as well as range of motion test are just a few tests that may be necessary. The information gathered from these clinical assessments will help our doctors decide just what the proper treatment will be.

Kinesio Tape can be a valuable addition to various treatments that are needed in regards to muscles and joints. The circulatory system, tendons, fascia, lymphatic, skin, muscles, joints, and ligaments have benefitted greatly from the use of Kinesio Tape. It is very effective for chronic injuries as well as rehabilitative treatment and can be used alongside many other treatments within your clinic. Kinesio Tape is an excellent resource as a preventative measures product.

Main Functions of Kinesio Taping

  • Re-educates the joints and muscles
  • Pain decreases
  • Muscle tissue over-extension and over-contraction is limited
  • Muscle cramping decreases
  • Inflammation and edema is reduced
  • Range of motion is improved
  • Decreases muscular fatigue
  • Joints are stabilized