Kinesio Tex Tape is this coloured tape all the champions seem to love. But does it work and how?
Angela Petrocchi, our physiotherapist and experienced certified Kinesio Tape instructor explains:
— I just recently came back from the headquarters of the English Institute of Sport, where I thought a course for the physiotherapists of the Olympic teams and I am on my way to teach my colleagues who look after the players of one of the big premier league teams in Scotland. All the medical professionals treating elite athletes throughout the Country want to learn how to use Kinesio Tex Tape. Why is that?
Simple, that’s because Kinesio Tape can help recovering from injuries in a very efficient, natural and lasting way in much faster time.
— In more cases than not a relief from the pain and an improvement of the function or movement in the treated area can be experienced immediately or short after the application.
— No wonder the managers of the well paid football stars are keen fans of Kinesio Tape. They want them to go back to perform as soon as possible.
— No wonder the Olympic athletes want to be able to perform at their best to come home with medals…
But don’t worry; you don’t need to be a professional athlete to be treated by Angela with Kinesio Tape. If Kinesio Tape is good for the best performers so it is good for us ‘common mortals’. And that is why 85% of the applications of Kinesio Tape are made on normal population ranging from infants to elderly people.
Which conditions can be helped?
You name it and we can tape it. Basically Kinesio Tape will help with conditions from A to Z and this is not a joke.
The unique qualities of this tape make it very friendly to all types of skin, from paediatric to geriatric. Also Kinesio Tape can be used in all phases of the healing process; from the acute to the rehabilitation phase of an injury.
Conditions like acute or chronic swelling, muscle strains and tendon/ligament injuries, postural problems, pain during pregnancy like back pain or PSD, neurological and visceral like period pain or stomach pain problems can be helped thanks to Kinesio Tape and the expertise of the therapist.
How does it work?
Kinesio Tex Tape is applied on the stretched skin with different degrees of tension according to the technique the practitioner chooses to use for the treatment.
The recoil effect of the tape and/or the amount of pressure applied will affect the many receptors, microcirculation and lymphatic system reducing pressure and congestion, facilitating or inhibiting muscles, stimulating proprioception.
What make Kinesio Tape so unique?
Unlike other taping methods Kinesio Tape will support and enhance the physiological movements and functions of the part treated instead of blocking it.
This is possible do to the qualities of the texture which make Kinesio Tape similar to the skin in weight, elasticity and thickness. Kinesio Tex Tape is also the only product available guaranteed 100% latex free.
Who is applying the tape?
Angela Petrocchi at swissphysio in Tynemouth and at NIHP in Sacriston not only is an experienced physiotherapist but in October 2008 qualified as an official Kinesio Taping instructor in Albuquerque, USA. Besides treating her patients she regularly teaches Kinesio Taping courses for other medical and sport professionals nationally and internationally, bringing Kinesio Tape as far as to the Indian cricket team. She is also the Kinesio Taping instructor for the EIS and the physiotherapists of the various national teams and different English and Scottish Premier League Football Teams.
Who invented Kinesio Tape?
The original Kinesio Tex Taping method was created in 1973 by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor. Its first exposure outside Japan came during the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea in 1988, generating international interest. Kinesio Tape was officially introduced in the United States in 1995 and Europe 1996. Nowadays it is accepted by medical practitioners worldwide.