Should you be using K-tape for your injuries?

Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

Pink, blue, black, or yellow, you may have seen this colorful tape across shoulders, the back of calves, or around knee caps. Kinesiology tape comes in many colors, but more importantly, it can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, as well as inflammatory conditions.

Kinesiology tape (K-tape) was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a practitioner licensed in chiropractic and acupuncture, in the mid-1970’s. His goal was to create an elastic sports tape unique from rigid taping methods commonly used at the time.

K-tape is made of a lightweight, breathable fabric that can be worn for several days. Because of its elasticity and design (meant to move with your body), K-tape offers support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting range of motion.

How does it work?

  • When properly applied, K-tape gently lifts the skin, creating a space to improve blood and lymphatic flow – reducing swelling and alleviating pressure.
  • Prevents over-stretching or over-contraction of muscles – aiding in faster muscle recovery.
  • Provides support and pain relief during activity
  • Muscle support – tape provides proprioceptive support, assisting muscle strength and muscle’s ability to contract
  • Tape distributes loads away from inflamed soft tissue

What is it used for?

  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament sprains
  • Tendonitis (achilles, tennis elbow)
  • Joint instability, hypermobility, or alignment
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

Is pain slowing you down from preparing for a sporting event, going for a run, or engaging in your day-to-day activities? Kinesiology tape can be used to help with many common injuries. Talk to a Lifemark physiotherapist to see if taping is right for you.