Kinesiology Tape – rehab tool.

At some stage you would have seen an athlete with kinesiology tape on. The tape was developed by Japanese Chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase 25 years ago.

kinesio tape This begs the question, just what does it do? The tape is placed over muscles, to minimize pain and inflammation. The purpose of the tape is not to restrict movement as a bandage might do.

The purpose of the tape.
1. The tape aids in proper blood flow and lymphatic drainage. As you move, the tape, skin and connective tissue (or fascia) over the muscle or tendon also move, and thus create space for lymphatic fluid to flow and cleanse the inflamed tissue. This process also aids in releasing of the fascia. Below is an ultrasound done on a gastrocnemius (that’s a muscle in the calf complex). You can see how the tape creates room for the fascia to begin to release itself.


  1. Because the athlete is aware of extra support, an exo skeleton if you will, the athlete becomes less worried about the area, and this allows for more natural movement of the area.

  2. With the muscle supported, the athlete will find an increased proprioceptive awareness of the area which will improve the correct functioning of a particular muscle. This take place in three steps – a. The tape sticks on the skin. There are 500 nerve cells per one square cm of skin. b. Nerve signals are sent to the brain. The brain and skin share the name neuro-developmental tissue. As the tape pulls on the skin a series of nerve impulses are sent to the brain. The brain becomes more aware than usual of the area tapes. c. As you sense the tape you begin to move differently.  Pain is your body telling you that something different needs to happen. The tape allows for a change in movement and that equals help.

  3. The tape can also be used to stretch certain mechanisms back into their normal position. People have reported relief of shoulder, back, calf, plantar fasciitis and knee injuries. The tape does not contain latex and can be worn by swimmers. The tape typically lasts for three to five days. People using the tape should however give their skin a chance to recover from it before reapplying.

Use of kinesiology tape has been reported to resolve shoulder issues, plantar fasciitis, gastrocnemius tears and knee issues. It has almost unlimited potential to aid in rehabilitating and avoiding muscle injury.

The tape on its own will not make a major difference. Combined however with a comprehensive massage program and you should see real results.We recomend that you keep it on for three days. You can exercise and bath or shower with it on.

Here are details of our massage program. Just click on the blue area.

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Mike Roscoe.

Mike Roscoe

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4 Responses to Kinesiology Tape – rehab tool.

  1. Greg Judin says:

    Mike, which tape do you prescribe using? I’ve tried the standard one from Dischem but wonder if its actually strong enough. Thoughts and recommendations would be appreciated.

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