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Kinesiology Taping

Kinesiology taping is the use of an elastic tape which may be applied to an injured part of the body. You see this quite often with athletes. This type of taping allows for a more flexible range of motion. Kinesio tape may be used during an event, for rehabilitation, for alignment and for competition.

Kinesio tape is placed on the skin and it pulls the upper layer of skin creating more space between the dermis and muscle. The creation of space is believed to relieve pressure on the lymphatic channels thus creating more available space for better lymphatic drainage. In this area also resides various nerve receptors. During injury, these nerve receptors can be compressed. It is believed that the taping provides a form of decompression to these local sensory nerve fibers. It is also believed that the Kinesio tape can affect deep muscle by allowing more room for the injured or edematous muscle to occupy.

The theoretical concept of Kinesio tape are:

  • Mechanical
  • Fascial
  • Space
  • Ligament/tendon
  • Functional
  • Circulatory/lymphatic

These are the target areas. Additionally, Kinesio taping can affect scars or contractures.

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Howard B. Cotler, MD, FACS, FAAOS is board certified and recertified in Orthopedic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

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