How Effective Is Kinesio Taping? - Olathe Chiropractic

How Effective Is Kinesio Taping?

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View of a man's torso and arms with various types of Kinesio Taping on him.

Kinesio Taping can be highly beneficial for athletes who are injured. Consider these four benefits: 1) it allows free movement of lymphatic fluid; 2) it reduces friction between the tissues in the skin; 3) it helps with the movement of blood and lactic acid; and 4) it takes the tension off certain muscles sustaining heavy loads. Applied correctly, Kinesio Tape creates a small space between the muscle and dermis layers. This alleviates the pressure build up in swelling or injured muscles, while permitting smooth muscle movement, drainage and blood flow. See if you can benefit from Kinesio Taping!


What Is Kinesio Tape?

Kinesio Tape is not like tape you would use to wrap presents or to hang up a picture. This tape is made specifically for people who are active and want to avoid injury or who want to reduce inflammation and swelling in their bodies. Many people think that Kinesio Taping is relatively new, when it was actually developed more than 25 years ago by Dr. Kenzo Kase of Japan. This doctor found that various taping methods were effective for athletes, as they provided joint and muscle support. However, range-of-motion was always affected, which is not beneficial for athletes. Over time, Dr. Kase created a therapeutic tape and taping technique that could provide muscle and joint support while still allowing proper range-of-motion. Thus, Kinesio Taping was born.


Kinesio Tape is different from other tapes because it is:

  • 100% High-grade cotton, made for comfort and air permeability.
  • Has 140% elasticity, with is the same flexibility as human skin and muscles.
  • Heat-activated, while also being very light, mild and hypo-allergenic.
  • 100% latex free.
  • Air-permeable because it microscopically lifts the skin and channels away moisture.
  • Durable, as it can be used 3-5 days per application.
  • More economical. Patients can usually get 8-10 applications per roll of tape.


Several rolls of Kinesio Tape and strips.

The Kinesio Taping Method

The Kinesio Taping Method is a rehabilitative taping technique that was designed to help facilitate the body’s natural healing process. People heal best when they help stabilize affected muscles and joints in the body, which is what Kinesio Taping does. However, the Kinesio Taping Method does not restrict the body’s range-of-motion. It provides extended soft-tissue manipulation that helps prolong the benefits of manual therapy we do at our clinic.


We apply this method over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused or tired muscles, and to support muscle movement all day long. This method is not a restrictive type of taping, but allows movement and encourages it. In contrast, traditional sports taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during an athletic event. Taping can be placed virtually anywhere on the body. The tape sticks solidly to skin, but gently and microscopically lifts the skin. This lifting forms convolutions in the skin, which allows extra space for muscles and tendons. The extra space helps decrease inflammation in affected areas.


Reported Benefits of Kinesio Taping

Results of Kinesio Taping varies from person to person. However, reported results from the company and other sources report benefits such as:

  • Can provide instantaneous pain-relief results if swelling, inflammation or pain is severe.
  • Allows patients to still have full range-of-motion.
  • Reduces pain and inflammation, especially when it comes to knee pain, plantar fasciopathy and lower back pain.
  • Can help reduce the amount of cramping you have, especially if you are prone to cramping during physical activity.
  • Is used to help people at home or work to reduce their neck or back pain, strained shoulders or knees and the amount of headaches they get.
  • Helps patients to relax more with an injury, allowing them to heal faster.
  • It is safe for all ages and skin types.


Olathe Chiropractic Clinic uses Kinesio Tape to treat headaches to foot problems and everything in-between. We often use it for patients with sports injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, lower back strains and pains, and knee and shoulder conditions.

Patient getting Kinesio Tape placed on him.

Will You Receive This During Your Treatment?

We evaluate all of our patients individually to see what their body’s needs are for proper and quick healing. Not every patient will receive Kinesio Taping to help them heal, as it doesn’t work for everyone’s specific needs. However, there are over 100 different ways to apply and use the taping, so patients should try several options to see what works well for them.


Often, athletes receive Kinesio Taping when they have injuries often such as overuse or muscle strains. However, this taping would not be beneficial if you have broken a bone or torn a muscle. Severe injuries require more intense treatments for proper healing. However, Kinesio Taping can be very beneficial for athletes who seem to continually strain a specific muscle, or who use the same muscle groups over and over.


The key with Kinesio Taping is the provide extra space in the body to help it naturally reduce swelling and pressure placed on muscles, tendons and other tissues when swelling happens. If you can keep swelling and pressure under control, then you can avoid injury much easier, especially if you are in the middle of training or a sports season. If you are an active athlete and have a mild injury or seem to get small injuries often, call Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 732-0087 and see if you can benefit from Kinesio Taping!


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