What Is Kinesiology Taping & How Can It Help Me?

You may have seen this before. Athletes running around town or competing in sports on television while wearing some sort of seemingly strategically placed black, or fluorescent tape on their skin.

What is it?

Kinesiology Taping, AKA elastic therapeutic tape, Kinesiotape, K-tape, KT, neuro-proprioceptive tape, or a number of other brand named tapes currently on the market are all similar. At this time, there are many brand names that all represent products that do the same thing.

What does kinesiotape do?

Kinesiotape has a variety of uses, but is largely used to lessen pain in sore and repetitively used areas of the body. It can also be used to increase the movement of fluids in the tissues (such as with swelling and bruises), improve static posture (how your body is positioned while still), lessen the effects of nerve entrapment, and improve dynamic posture (how your body moves around in your environment).

Examples of problems that respond well to kinesiotape are:

Shin Splints

Shoulder strain and pain

Knee pain and instability

low back pain

neck pain

elbow pain and strain (tennis elbow/golfers elbow)

Musician injuries of repetitive stress

Pain associated with pregnancy

Injuries of the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints


How does kinesiotape work?

There are several ways that Kinesiology taping produces effects. For pain, it’s theorized that the input of the non-painful, constant sensation of the tape from the skin to the brain blocks the signals of pain from that same area, meaning the signals of pain do not reach the brain. For swelling and edema, it is theorized that Kinesiotape decompresses tissue under the skin to allow fluids to move to and from the area more freely. For posture, it is suggested that the constant sensation of the tape sends signals to the brain that allows the brain to better perceive where the body part is in space. One thing is for sure, professional athletes use it because it helps them, which means it can help you too.

How can Kinesiotape help me?

Kinesiotape can potentially not only lessen your pain, but also complement the communication of signals from your body to your brain and from your brain to your body to improve function. In conjunction with stabilization that chiropractic care provides, the results often mean that you feel better, perform better and faster, and are less likely to run into pain an injuries in the future.

You have been given one life, don’t let your pain hold you back from living it. Call Jacobs Chiropractic Acupuncture to see how we can help you be the best parent, partner, athlete, musician, chef, teacher, or lover of life you can be!

Aaron Vela is Senior Chiropractic Intern at Jacobs Chiropractic Acupuncture Center in Portland, Maine. He is in charge of managing and applying your Kinesiotape regimen. Aaron is currently accepting new patients. Contact Aaron in Portland, Maine by calling 774-6251 or emailing aaronvela@gmail.com