April 26, 2020
Have you noticed those bright-colored, funny-looking tapes athletes sometimes wear? Kinesiotaping is nothing new. It was first developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese traditional medicine practitioner, in the late 1970s. His approach was designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing stability to muscles and joints.
The Kinesiotape was made publicly available in 1983, but it wasn’t until the Japan National Volleyball Team used it in 1989 that it became more well-known. From then on, Kinesiotaping has become increasingly popular within the international sporting arena.
Kinesiotape is made of polymer elastic wrapped in 100% cotton fibers. It can be stretched up to 140% of its original length and can be recoiled back to its unstretched length following application. The material is waterproof, but still allows for evaporation of moisture. This is why it can be worn during exercise or showering, and even for days at a time.
Kinesiotape is special because it mimics the physical qualities of human skin. Its thickness and weight are similar to that of the epidermis, along with its inherent elastic properties. The medical-grade adhesive used is heat-activated and runs in a wave-like pattern to imitate fingerprints.
Kinesiotaping is one of the treatments a physical therapist may use to help patients return to their normal level of mobility. The method involves placing strips of Kinesio tape on affected parts of the body, in specific directions, to serve different functions such as:
There is a pattern to follow when it comes to addressing a specific problem involving the muscles and joints. This is why Kinesiotape is best used under the supervision of a professional. Physical therapists are trained how to properly apply kinesiotape, along with stabilization and decompression strips.
Kinesiotaping is considered a supportive therapy and not a permanent solution. The key to full recovery is still correcting the root problem. If you want to know how the therapeutic benefits of Kinesiotaping can help your condition, consult with the experts of Scandinavian Physiotherapy Center.
The clinic offers several specialty treatments including musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports rehabilitation, osteopathy, therapeutic massage, lymphatic drainage, and more! Call them today at +971 4 551 6126 to book an appointment!