Kinesio Taping Overview
What is Kinesio Taping?
Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. Kinesio Taping works through the activation of the body’s neurological and circulatory systems. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.
Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the body’s own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Employment of Kinesio Taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs.
For the first 10 years, orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of Kinesio Taping. Soon thereafter, Kinesio Taping was discovered by Olympic volleyball players in Japan and word quickly spread to other athletes. Today, Kinesio Taping is accepted by medical practitioners and athletes in Japan, the United States, Europe, South America and other Asian countries as well. Due to its success in the sports arena, Kinesiotaping procedures were incorporated into the medical care for the athletes at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens as well as by the United States Postal Service Pro Cycling Team.