The Kinesio Taping Method enhances the body's natural healing process and provides support through the muscle.
Wiith over 25 years of research, development and clinical use, the Kinesio® Taping Method is recognised as an innovative and highly effective modality for treating sport injuries and aiding lymphoedema reduction. Endorsed and developed by Dr Kenzo Kase, Kinesio® Tex Tape is the only recommended elastic adhesive tape for the Kinesio® Taping Method. As the official Kinesio® representative for the UK & Ireland, we are dedicated to providing practitioners with the most up-to-date research and authorised training for Kinesio® Taping available through the International Kinesio Taping Association
KTM allows for full range of motion. It does not negatively affect circulation, since there is no wrapping, and therefore no impediment of blood flow. KTM is a “light” modality. In rehabilitative applications it works continuously, so each treatment can continue for 2 to 3 days. KTM is like having healing hands to put on the area 24 - 7.
To illustrate: When you bump your knee, your elbow, your head, (any part of your body) what is your first, unthinking response? You rub on it. That works; it feels better. Why?
What is in effect here is something called Gate Control Theory: The rubbing provides a distraction, impeding the brain’s message of pain, closing the “gate” on pain receptors, at least temporarily. But this sensation effect is only the beginning.
Dr. Kase bases his techniques on three important concepts. They are Space, Movement and Cooling. Muscles that are painful and/or inflamed lack space. When the KTM technique is applied to create space, it is helpful in and of itself, but also leads to the opportunity for improved movement and circulation. This space and movement then allows for cooling of the affected muscles, often combined with cryotherapy.
By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, the KTM alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.