What Is Kinesio Taping?

Kinesio Taping is a technique that involves the use of an elastic therapeutic tape on the body in a method that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints. The tape is flexible and can provide support while not restricting the body’s range of motion. The tape is all cotton (latex free) and can be worn for several days at a time providing round the clock, constant support.

How Does Kinesio Taping Work?

The tape is used to relax overused muscles and to facilitate the use of underused muscles. It can improve the function of a joint by influencing opposing muscle groups and joint mobility. From Kinesio USA: "When taped over the edges of a particular muscle, tendon, or ligament, the tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. The taped portion forms convolutions in the skin, thus increasing interstitial space. The result is that pressure and irritation are taken off the neural and sensory receptors, alleviating pain. Pressure is gradually taken off the lymphatic system, allowing it to channel more freely.”

Kinesio Tape is based on the idea that the body can heal itself, if enabled with appropriate support.

Kinesio Taping provides the following benefits:

  • Corrects muscle function by strengthening weakened muscles
  • Improves circulation by lifting the skin to allow lymphatic drainage
  • Reduces pain and inflammation through neurological suppression
  • Stabilizes joints
  • Provides support to overused, tired muscles

Certified Taping Practitioner

Dr. Barnett is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. He was trained and certified in the Kinesio Taping Method developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase and proven effective in years of clinical use.

Examples Of Kinesio Taping Done By Dr. Barnett

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"Tattoo Or Tape?" No that isn't a black tattoo on this swimmer's shoulder, it's Kinesio Tape. During the 2008 Olympics, some of the world’s foremost athletes embraced Kinesio Taping, the revolutionary muscle therapy, in front of an audience of millions. The multi colored therapeutic tape has since been seen on famous athletes such as Serena Williams, Lance Armstrong, David Beckham and Tiger Woods.