The technique of taping was developed in the 1970’s by Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor and medical researcher.  Dr Kase was looking for a kind of therapeutic tape that would support muscles and joints without inhibiting full range of motion, circulation, or healing.   He explored the breathability and elasticity of tapes, types of adhesive and the taping method itself.   Dr Kase’s findings paved the way to the development of Kinesio Tex ® Tape and the Taping Method.  The tape itself is very thin and approximates skin thickness.  It is latex-free and breathable.  It is extremely elastic allowing for complete range of motion.

The technique involves applying the tape in strips of varying length and shape depending on the area of the body and condition being treated.   Unlike traditional sports taping where tape is wrapped very strictly around a joint, K taping is done over the joint and allows for the flow of bodily fluids and the healing process.  The joint or muscle is supported in movement and inflammation and pain are relieved.  In addition, the tape when applied gently lifts the skin to allow a space for circulation of blood, oxygen and nutrients into the injured area.

It offers a broad spectrum of benefits as follows but certainly not limited to:  carpal tunnel syndrome, post surgical edema, whiplash, a wide variety of sports injuries such as hamstring or rotator cuff injury, tennis elbow, disc problems, ankle sprains, head and neck complaints.  Taping can be done on children and adults.

Taping is usually a technique used as part of an approach which may involve other healing approaches such as physiotherapy, massage, chiropractic or rehabilitation.

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