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Kinesio® Taping for Pain Relief

Kinesio Tape Relieves Pain, Corrects Muscle Function, Improves Circulation of both blood and lymph flow

Kinesio tape can be used for a range of conditions such as: Achilles tendonitis, biceps tendonitis, cervical and lumbar sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, deQuervains syndrome, elbow bursitis, headaches, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, patellar pain, scoliosis, lymphedema, and much more.

  • Lance Armstrong gives KinesioTape a ringing endorsement in his book Every Second Counts. "Something better than any laser, wrap or electric massager....The Tape! It is a special athletic tape that came from Japan and seemed to have special powers.  [....] taped us all up, different parts of our bodies...George's back, Chechu's knees. Sometimes we'd be so wrapped up... that we'd look like a bunch of broken dolls. But the next day the pain disappeared--it was gone."
  • "We have found great results in using the KT for support and stabilization. It definitely helps our players stay on the field." David Price (Head Athletic Trainer-NY Jets)
  • It is reported that Calvin Borel had KinesioTape applied  for Carpal Tunnel syndrome before the 2009 Kentucky Derby. When he was interviewed after that extraordinary win, he is reported to have said that this was the first time in 10 years that he could actually feel his fingers at the end of a race.
  • It is reported that applying Kinesio-Tex Tape to facilitate the triceps, enhances GOLF performance. And using the correct application on the quadriceps will help endurance for RUNNERS.
  • And yet 85% of Kinesio Tape applications are non-athletic. It is extremely helpful for us average Joe's! Helps restore posture and elimate pain. That's what Nashville Neuromuscular Center is all about.
  • Tracy Barnes, DC, DICCP, of Louisville, Ky., uses elastic therapeutic taping on many different kinds of patients. She enumerates: "For all those patients who continue to need a tactile cue to stay in certain postural positions, tape is great. For all those patients in pain from swelling, inflammation and injury, tape is great. For those patients who just need an extra 'umph' to feel better, tape is perfect."


How does it work?

The Kinesio Tape lifts the upper layers of skin, creating more space between the skin and the muscle. The space created is believed to relieve pressure on the lymph vessels creating more space for lymph flow and thus better lymph drainage through the affected area.  When the space between the fascia and the muscle is compressed, as happens during an injury, nerve receptors are also compressed, and send signals to the brain.  This information causes the brain to respond with commands to the body on how to react to the particular stimuli. Kinesio Tape alters the information that these receptors send to the brain and causes a less reactive response in the body, allowing the body to work in a more normal manner and removing some of the roadblocks that normally slow down the healing process.

Kinesio Tape is also affecting deeper tissues in the body. Increased space theoretically allows muscles greater contractility, which in turn pushes more fluid through the muscle, resulting in better muscle performance. The end results are believed to be reduced muscle fatigue,  increase in range of motion, and better quality of muscle contraction.

Kinesio Tex Tape is used to improve joint alignment by affecting the muscles and fascia and can reduce poor function of a joint by influencing opposing muscle groups and joint mobility.

Fascia and lymph have an intimate relationship with each other. Fascia is a material that divides and separates the muscles and internal organs and helps to provide support against gravity. Lymph removes fluids and chemical substances in the muscles. Lymph channels pass though fascia between the bone and the muscle and superficially between the skin and the muscle.  When the flow of lymph is restricted or increased, an accumulation of fluid occurs behind the congested area, resulting in swelling that decreases space between the muscle and skin, causing the body to react to a painful stimulus. Neurological suppression of pain occurs with a correct application of the tape to the affected area depending on the effect desired, targeting both the pain and the source of the pain .

 There are six basic concepts of the Kinesio Taping  application. They are: mechanical, fascial, space increasing, ligament/tendon support, functional, and circulatory/ lymphatic. Mechanical corrections are used for improved stability and biomechanics. Fascia or fascial corrections create or direct movement of fascia. Space corrections are used for decreasing pressure over a target tissue. Tendon/ligament corrections decrease stress on those structures. Functional corrections provide sensory stimulation to either assist or limit a motion. Circulatory/lymphatic corrections help move lymphatic fluid from more congested to less congested areas.

Kinesio Taping has also been shown to affect scars. Reductions of adhesions and pitting, softening, flattening, improved pliability, and reduction of contractures have been seen in some patients.

Kinesio Tape must be applied properly in order to be effective.
There are lots of books and websites with simple instructions on taping applications.


"I had pain in my hip and knee off and on for a few years...especially when climbing stairs. 
 While  massage made it feel better for a few days, it never quite went away. 
 I even tried Acupuncture and physical therapy.   I started using Kinesio Tape
and was almost pain free  immediately.  After using the tape for several months,
my muscles must have been reeducated so I no longer need to wear it. 
 Kinesio Tape is magical!  Many thanks to Rebecca and my fitness trainer." ~Jan Riven
"Ok, you know I did this taping thing just because you asked me.  I don’t believe in crazy things like this.  I joked with [my boyfriend] about my voodoo tape.
I walked this morning and it is the first time my hip DID NOT hurt.  My right hip always hurts pretty badly .  That first morning  and all through the weekend
 my right one did not hurt at all.  I still cannot believe it.  Oh yeah, no ibuprofen needed either!!!!! It finally came off after 5 days. I forgot to tell you,
 I walked 4 miles with no pain.  Woo Hoo!!! Thank you." ~Nina Crain 
"Rebecca, I think that Kinesio-Tex Tape you put on my foot might be magic!
Of course, it might be the angle you used, or the way you stuck it to  my ankle
 and shin...or for some other mysterious reason, but it  WORKS!   I have gone
from having an unusual but persistant pain in my foot to having no pain at all!
  And, I didn't change shoes or arch  supports, or anything, so it must be
YOU who made the difference.Either that, or it is magic.
 So glad you have added that to your repertoire."
~Jan Simmons Wenzler