The technique of Kinesio-taping, which prompts the natural healing process of the body in the case of chronic conditions or injuries, was developed in 1970 by Dr. Kenzo Kase. It can prove beneficial for relieving plenty of ailments, including neuromuscular, orthopedic, and neurological. The approach makes use of a tape, which mimics the texture and flexibility of the human skin so as to avoid rigid equipment involved in other techniques.
It is interesting to note that, after years of study, Dr. Kase discovered that the majority of pain resided in the muscle and not in the problematic joint or bone per se, which is why the tape is firmly applied around the muscle. The name Kinesio was coined by Dr. Kase himself, after calling the tape Kinesio® Tex Tape.
However, as is the case of all chiropractic approaches, Kinesio-taping is not a suitable solution for everyone. Several tests are required before deciding whether this method would work for you, such as:
- range of motion testing
- manual muscle testing
- gait assessment
Kinesio-taping can also be part of a treatment regimen, alongside other approaches. Study results have so far shown that Dr. Kase’s method has significant positive effects on ligaments, tendons, fascia, muscles, as well as the circulatory system.