The Benefits of Kinesio Taping


Back in 1970, Dr. Kenzo Kase wanted to create a product that could help stimulate the body’s natural healing process. A person wears the tape as they would a brace. It has an elastic feel to it that is about as thick as human skin. It is lightweight, so there is no discomfort to a person while wearing it. This tape is able to move and stretch. Actually, it can expand up to 140 percent of its own length. You can wear it in the shower, and it won’t trap in moisture and heat. This taping method has become so popular that medical professionals are using it for sports injuries.

Taping Uses Anatomy and Biomechanics

The tape gently lifts the skin. By lifting the skin, the body fluids are able to flow freely. Those who have issues with swelling can find great relief with taping. It can be used for acute traumas or even post-operative ones. Those who have problems with muscle spasms can use this tape to inhibit muscles and contract them. The tape allows the body to have normal range of motion with support and stability. Unlike so many other “quick fix” products on the market, taping is based on anatomy and biomechanics.

Is Taping Right For You?

Muscles can be strained when they are overworked. By using Kinesio tape, the tape can ease or inhibit the issues with that muscle. Take for instance a person who works on their computer all day long. The upper trapezius muscle is strained. Applying tape to this muscle can decrease pain in the area by enhancing circulation. If you’re thinking that you should go out and buy a roll of this tape, you probably need to talk to your doctor first. An evaluation needs to be done by either a doctor or a physical therapist to see if you can tape successfully. Some medical doctor may not be familiar with these methods; rather, holistic practitioners are the best to consult for these matters. Not only can they show you the proper way to tape, but they can also teach you techniques so that you can do it yourself.

The Benefits of Taping

Muscle strain and pain is something that is horrible to deal with. Many people reach for the medicine cabinet to help them get through the pain. However, when the main issue is not addressed, the pain will continue once the medications wear off. It is important to seek a more permanent fix for a reoccurring medical condition. Taping taps into the bodies restorative nature to repair damaged areas. There are no side effects and it is a very cost effective method. If you think taping may be the answer to your chronic pain issues, talk to your therapist or doctor about all the benefits.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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