Kinesio taping is a popular treatment that uses flexible, adhesive tape to help professional and amateur athletes improve performance and even reduce pain from injuries.
When applied by a sports physiotherapist, chiropractor, or other specialist, Kinesio tape helps lift the skin to:
- Enhance blood flow
- Ease inflammation
- Improve lymphatic drainage
Increase performance while recovering from injuries
Kinesio taping does all this without impeding movement while providing support. This allows athletes to increase performance while recovering from injuries.
The multi-coloured tape is also a common sports medicine method for treating and preventing common sports injuries such as shin splints, plantar fasciitis, knee pain, and more.
The tape can relieve pain caused by herniated discs, elbow tendinitis, arthritis of the knee and many other problems. Physiotherapists, chiropractors and sports medicine specialists typically apply the tape.
First made popular by American athlete Kerri Walsh at the 2008 Olympics, kinesio taping is said to come originally from Japan, where sumo wrestlers use the technique to protect shoulders, wrists, knees and ankles.