Kinesio Tape is based on the science of kinesiology, anatomy, physiology and movement. Kinesio tape was specifically designed by Dr. Kenzo Kase D.C. to mimic the weight, thickness and elasticity of skin. Because of this, once kinesio tape is applied most people don’t know they are wearing it within 15-20 minutes. Because it is latex free, there is much less skin irritation than with other types of tape.
The tape is applied to clean, dry skin that is put on stretch whenever possible. Kinesio tape provides proprioceptive input over sensitive neurological structures beginning with the skin. Recoil of the tape provides lifting and decreases pressure, increasing circulation while stimulating optimal contraction/length of muscle tissue depending on the direction the tape is applied. Normal joint range of motion is preserved and enhanced.
The goal in application of kinesio tape is to help the body reach homeostasis by improving circulation, fascial mobility, muscle contraction, joint position, ligament/tendon support, and neuromuscular (brain-body) communication so that the body can heal itself, improve function naturally in a way that will be sustained.