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What Is Kinesio Tape?  Functional Relief for Pain and Injury

Chiropractic Kinesio Taping application on a female athleteKinesio Tape was developed over 30 years ago by Dr. Kenzo Kase. He wanted to develop a product that would provide the support of traditional tape, while allowing a full range of motion and improved performance.

Kinesio Tape is that product. It’s commonly seen being worn by Olympic and professional athletes for sports injuries, but can help reduce pain, improve posture and speed up healing in just about everybody.

While being a great stabilizing force with athletes, Kinesio Tape can also provide significant relief for people who are injured or just plain hurt.

 

What Does Kinesio Taping Do?

Kinesio Taping provides a considerable number of benefits, but the most significant is that it can help to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. This can be incredibly helpful with acute injuries like whiplash, or with chronic overuse conditions that just aren't getting better on their own.

When properly applied, Kinesio Tape can:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Speed up healing
  • Relax tight or overworked muscles
  • Support and stabilize muscles and joints
  • Improve posture

 

What Makes Kinesio Tape Different From Other Tape?

Although traditional athletic tape is the most commonly used tape in the United States, it has many limitations.  It is very stiff and restrictive, compresses the skin, can only be worn for a short period of time, and has no therapeutic benefit.

Kinesio Taping provides the same support without the restricted movement.  And because it moves and breathes like skin you will forget you’re even wearing it.

  • Creates a lifting effect on the skin to improve circulation
  • Heat activated acrylic adhesive (no latex)
  • Can be worn for 3-5 days even in the bath, shower and pool
  • Provides therapeutic benefit 24-hours a day
  • Soft cotton fiber that moves with you (and cool colors!)

 

Want to Give Kinesio Tape a Try?

Bellevue Chiropractor Dr. Keith McGahey is fully certified Kinesio Taping practitioner. There’s no charge for your first application, which means you can take it for a ‘test drive’ to see if it’s right for you.

 

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