The Kenesio Taping Method is a rehabilitative taping technique founded in 1973 and primarily intended to treat pain. Kinesio tape is designed to not restrict the body’s range of motion while providing support and stability to the joints and muscles. This method is designed to help reduce the buildup of fluids within the layers of soft tissue (commonly known as edema), resulting in decreasing the temperature of inflamed tissue.
What does Kinesio Tape do?
The tape assists in decreasing pain, reducing inflammation, improving lymphatic flow, assisting in muscle function, improving joint function, and neuromuscular re-education.
At SOS Chiropractic, Dr. Begg utilizes Kenesio as an alternative to over the counter pain medication to help reduce pain in between Chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Begg prefers two brands of tape: Kinesio Tape and Rocktape. Dr. Begg primarily uses Kinesio Tape for the therapeutic value and Rocktape for support/athletic use.
What is Kenesio Tape used for?
- Reduce and control Pain
- Muscle and joint support
- Lymphatic drainage
- Injury prevention
Who uses Kinesio Tape?
- Doctors of Chiropractic
- Physical Therapists
- Occupation Therapists
- Athletic Trainers and Athletes
- Medical Doctors
- Massage Therapists
The main ask of our patients before coming in for treatment is that the skin in the treatment area be free from oils, perfumes, and moisturizers. If there is excessive hair on the affected area, this may limit adhesion.
What to know AFTER getting Kinesio Taped
Kinesio Tape can be worn consecutively for 3-5 days. The adhesive is heat activated and its recommend to not using heat in the form of a heat pack or hair dryer in the area as this will cause the tape to become more difficult to remove. After application, if the edges of the tape fray it’s recommended to trim the frayed edges carefully to prevent further fraying.
Yes! At SOS Chiropractic, Dr. Begg recommends that you ask questions and try to replicate how he applies the tape to your treatment area. This tape is great DIY care, but it must be done correctly to be effective. Dr. Begg has 3 rules of thumb to remember…
- Don’t overstretch the tape, overstretching the tape reduces its effectiveness.
- If the tape causes your complaint to get worse, remove the tape. If your pain is worse after application, it is most likely due to incorrect application.
- Rub the tape to activate adhesive.