Developed by Japanese chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase more than 25 years ago, the Kinesio Taping method has quickly become the standard for therapeutic rehabilitative taping. Though Dr. Hou has used the Kinesio Taping Method for more than three years, the method has just recently taken the rehabilitation and sports medicine world by storm. The Kinesio® method gained worldwide recognition during the 2008 Summer Olympics when it was worn by many athletes, most noticeably by U.S. Women’s Volleyball player Kerri Walsh.
Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. The method uses a uniquely designed and patented tape, Kinesio Tex Tape, for treatment of muscular disorders and lymphedema reduction. The method is applied over and around muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, to relax overused, tired muscles and to support muscles in movement on a 24-hour-per-day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping that gives support and stability to joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. In contrast, traditional sports taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event, obstructing the flow of bodily fluids — an undesirable side-effect.
Kinesio Taping is also used for preventive maintenance, edema and pain management. It helps the body heal naturally, can be used preventatively, as treatment, in rehab, during competition or as a take-home treatment applied by a chiropractor. The tape can be used for anything from headaches to foot problems, including: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, ankle sprains and more.