We’ve all seen the brightly colored tape on runners in the park, on advertisements online, and even in the gym. What is it, and why has it become so popular recently?
Kinesiology tape, or Kinesio tape, was invented by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970s. Dr. Kase developed the Kinesio Taping method to assist the healing process of injured or traumatized muscles and tissue. The specially designed tape lifts the skin to increase blood flow, improve circulation and promote lymphatic drainage, which in turn decreases inflammation and promotes healing. Kinesiology tape has the added benefit of not restricting movement while providing support and stability to muscles and joints.
Kinesiology tape got its big moment in the sun during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when more than 50,000 rolls of Kinesio tape were donated to 58 countries. During the games, USA Olympian Keri Walsh Jennings competed in beach volleyball wearing the brightly colored tape. The tape on Walsh Jennings’ shoulder, which was recovering from surgery, held strong, and she went on to win the gold medal.
How does kinesiology tape relate to kinesiology?
Kinesiology is the study of human movement and how exercise can improve motor function and overall health and wellness as well as improve brain function. Kinesiology teaches that through therapeutic exercise individuals can improve athletic performance as well as improve performance in everyday activities. Kinesiology tape is a tool that supports much of what the study of kinesiology promotes. By improving blood flow and decreasing inflammation, kinesiology tape could make it easier to continue to exercise and heal, improving overall health and wellness.
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