I knew I had to write about Kinesio Tape when a patient of mine - a marathon runner - told me that when he left our clinic wearing Kinesio Tape, he crossed paths with someone on the subway also wearing Kinesio Tape. A conversation ensued as each of them sang the praises of this healing modality. Before long, they realized they were both coming to Oak Point Health & Vitality Centre for treatment!
Kinesio Tape was first developed about three decades ago by Dr. Kenzo Kase, an Acupuncturist, Doctor of Chiropractic, and Massage Therapist. Unhappy with the taping techniques of his era, Kase developed something new, something that would allow treatments to continue for days after a patient left the clinic.
To better detail Kase’s creation, here are four reasons to give it a try!
1. Kinesio Tape is designed to assist the body to do what it’s naturally meant to do: heal itself. Braces and other athletic taping techniques can restrict range of motion. Kinesio Tape, on the other hand, allows patients to move freely and without compensation.
2. Kinesio Tape wrinkles as we move and this causes convulsions. Such microscopic raising of the skin helps:
- Alleviate pain
- Stabilize the area
- Increase fresh blood, oxygen, and healing nutrients in the injured area
- Facilitate lymphatic drainage
3. Athletes from a wide range of sports regularly wear and enjoy the benefits of Kinesio Tape. This includes legends like David Beckham and Serena Williams. Britain’s Olympic sprinter Dwain Chambers even wears his tape with a Union Jack design!
4. Oak Point. Our patients love what we’re doing with Kinesio Tape. Depending on what you need and what kind of an injury you have, our practitioners are trained to apply the tape effectively after an acupuncture or massage therapy treatment. We also recommend patients (triathletes, marathon runners, cyclists, CrossFit athletes, and more) come in before a big event to get taped up to ensure pain-free performance.
Contact us today to find out what everyone’s talking about!
Written by Dimitri Boules LAc, LMT, CPE, CPT