What is Kinesio Taping?
Kinesio® Tex Tape is the original Kinesiology based taping method developed by Dr Kenso Kase is the late 70s. It provides the foundation of all the other available kinesiology based tapes in the market; nevertheless Kinesio® Tex Taping method still has the most comprehensive clinical applications protocols and is most scientifically researched and proven rehabilitative taping technique.
Kinesio® Tex Tape is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to our musculoskeletal system without restricting the range of motion. It facilitates our own natural healing and provides extended benefits of soft tissue manipulation especially after manual therapy. It can be applied to treat a variety of orthopaedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.
Kinesio®Tex Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways by modifying the shape, direction and amount of stretch to
- Normalise muscle function
- Improve lymphatic flow and circulation
- Promote healing
- Reduce pain and inflammation
- Correct misalignment of joints and connective tissues
- Prevent injury
- Enhance performance
Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from paediatric to geriatric. It is made of high 100% high grade cotton so is comfortable and breathable. The 140% elasticity mimics the flexibility of skin and muscle. The adhesive is heat activated, light, mild and hypo-allergenic, causing less skin sensitivity than other tapes. Kinesio Tex Tape® is completely latex free and the unique design keeps it air permeable as it microscopically lifts skin and channels away moisture. Kinesio® Tex Tape can be worn 24 hours a day for 3-5 continuous days due to its unique physical properties. It can be applied during any phase of injury as it can be clinically utilized to initially reduce inflammation and progress through all the phases of rehabilitation.
Kinesio tape is being extensively used by elite athletes and professional sports teams overseas, and is increasingly being recognised for its value in Australia. Ask your physio during your consultation if you would like to know more , and whether it would assist your recovery, improve posture or enhance sporting performance.
What does CKTP™ mean?
The letters “CKTP” stand for Certified Kinesio Taping® Practitioner.
To be certified, a practitioner has attended a minimum of 24 hours of education in KT1, KT2 & KT3 seminars, and has passed a written and practical exam. They are required to maintain membership of the KT Association ( a world wide body) to access the latest research and clinical findings. In earning and maintaining CKTP status, your practitioner demonstrates a commitment to the highest standards of patient care.
At Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo there are 2 CTKPs and our other physios have undertaken training in the application of Kinesio® Tape.