Kinesio Tape is applied over injured areas or where tissue needs to be supported, relieved of edema or re-educated for a given exercise. The tape gives support and stability to joints and muscles without restricting circulation or range of motion. While traditional “strapping: of sports tape has long been utilized strictly for stabilization, the side effects of fluid obstruction often lead to swelling. To ensure that muscles have near/full range of motion, the tape was developed to have 130-140 % elasticity. In fact, Dr. Kenzo Kase manufactured the tape with the same elasticity as healthy human muscle. We often use the tape on youngsters involved with over-use syndrome, with soccer in particular, but with adults in repetitive or over-use straining from yard work, running, golf, and tennis. This is a procedure that can be learned and done at home, although, it has been observed by me that a couple of sessions of having it applied by someone with experience, enables better quality self application later…and less wasted tape.
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