Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.

Kinesio Taping has been breaking new ground in the fields of sports performance, pain management and physical therapy. Education is a one of the key elements of the Kinesio Taping Method and its continued success in the world of therapeutic taping. Here at Action Rehab, Cindy Matsubara, DPT, has just completed the education and is a certified KT practitioner. After completing the certification course she joins a select group of medical professionals who are able to properly use the Kinesio Taping Method.

Kinesio Taping® Method
By Dr. Asdrubel Lopez, DC, CKTP

The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.

Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio® Tex Tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the Kinesio® Tex Tape application and other possible treatments or modalities. 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, Kinesio® Tex Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.

The Kinesio Benefit

Evaluation and assessment are key in the treatment of any clinical condition. In order to get the desired results from a Kinesio Tex Tape application as well as any other treatment, a full assessment of your patient is necessary. In some cases, the treatment of a condition may require treatment of other underlying conditions as well. This assessment should include manual muscle testing, range of motion testing, gait assessment, and any other orthopedic special tests that you deem necessary. The information gained from these assessments will allow for the proper treatment protocol to be laid out. Kinesio Tex Tape can be a valuable addition to this protocol. It has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities within your clinic and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases on an injury as well as being used for preventative measures.

Education is a one of the key elements of the Kinesio Taping Method and its continued success in the world of therapeutic taping. Along with certified KT practitioners around the world, Dr. Kase is dedicated to advancing the art and science of the method through education, clinical practice and research. It is vital that a consistent standard of practice is maintained and allied health professionals wishing to learn more about the Kinesio Taping Method are encouraged to participate in seminars and courses which are offered by Certified Kinesio Taping Instructors (CKTI). After completing a certification course, practitioners join a select group of medical professionals who are able to properly use the Kinesio Taping Method within their realm of practice.

Junior Olympians Appreciate Kinesio Taping Assistance
Last month many outstanding junior athletes traveled to Spokane, Washington, to compete in the Regional Junior Olympics. Competitors there vied to advance to the national championships in Arkansas, at the end of July.

Thanks to Kinesio® Tex Tape, the official medical supplier for the event, many of the athletes were able to complete or finish the competition, qualifying them for nationals.

We used Kinesio Tape for a wide variety of injuries such as: sprain/strains, joint and muscle support, shin splints, tendonitis and for simple support. The tape was so popular, many athletes just wanted it on because it looked cool.

Many patients were appreciative for the services rendered. They thanked us, and Kinesio for donating the tape, as we gave them support in achieving their goals for nationals.”

Photography by Chad Hewett

Letters from athletes:

I have competed in track and field and cross country ten months of the year for the last six years, and doing so have suffered from nearly every running related injury imaginable. My greatest nemesis, however, are my shin splints and calves. My parents and I explored every possible outlet to relieve the pain; we’d go to the physical therapist three times a week, pain pills, do all the exercises, we even went as far as to get an X-ray to rule out stress fractures. I didn’t think anything could subdue the endless shearing, that is until I met Dr. Lopez at my Regional Junior Olympic U SATF Track and Field meet. Dr. Lopez informed me of the details of shin splints as he uniquely taped them. He used Kinesio Tape, something I’d heard rumors of but hadn’t yet tried. Admittedly, I had my doubts at first, how could this elastic tape improve anything that regular med-tape couldn’t? I may not have all the science memorized behind it but I can confidently say that as soon as I stood up after being taped the shearing of my shins was gone. It was a miracle. Thanks to Dr. Lopez and Kinesio Tape I was able to forget about the pain and actually enjoy myself and have fun competing again. I won’t go to a meet without it again. Thank you.

Latecia Howell
Heptathlon, 2011 Junior Olympic Championships
2011 National Championships Qualifier

I am training for the Flagline Trailfest 50K race in Bend Oregon in September. I’ve recently been experiencing shin pain and tight calves due to high mileage and significant hill training. While attending the USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field Region 13 meet in Spokane WA. Dr. Lopez worked on my calves and then taped my legs with kinesio tape. My pain level immediately decreased, and my legs felt supported. I also experienced reduced pain (and increased performance) the next few days of running. I have since had to go back to running without the tape, and already the pain has returned. I am planning to find a local resource that can assist me with tape during the remainder of my ultra marathon training program.

Kari Strang
Bend Oregon, Flagline Trailfest 50K