Well not completely approved, but became very popular with many athletes at recent international events including the Olympics. The most visible version of the tape was on the shoulder of US Beach Volleyball athlete Kerri Walsh.
Kinesiotape has been in use by various chiropractors and physiotherapists since the late 90’s when it was first brought to the market from Japan. Invented by Dr. Kenzo Kase over 25 years ago, this product along with the Kinesiotaping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. The first technique gives the practitioner the opportunity to actually give support while maintaining full range of motion. This enables the individual to participate in their normal physical activity with functional assistance. The second technique, which is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation, helps prevent overuse or over-contraction and helps provide facilitation of lymph flow for an entire 24 hour period. Correctional techniques include mechanical, lymphatic, ligament/tendon, fascia, space and functional. Kinesio Tex® Tape can be used in conjunction with other therapies, including cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy, and electrical stimulation.
In recent years, we have been using Kinesiotape in our practice working with hockey players, cyclists, everyday workers and more. Movement is the key and our focus is on restoration of movement rather than restriction.
Call our office for more information on how Kinesiotape and Kinesiotaping Method can help you in your recovery.
More examples of the use of Kinesiotape at the Beijing Olympics can be found here.
Reprinted with permission – Kinesiotaping.com