What is it? Well
Kinesio tape is cotton based, hypo-allergenic, stretchable tape. What it
does depends on how it is applied.
So, What does it do?
Well, depending on the method of application it can strengthen a weak muscle
or inhibit a tight one. That translates to you as pain relief from whiplash
to shoulder pain, constipation and irritable bowel, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, migraines,
whiplash and much more.
tail applications are used (as in the picture to the Left) to improve blood
and lymph circulation and speed healing. (normally under great conditions
this bruise would take a month or two to heal) There is NO MEDICINE in this
tape. It simply works by supporting your body’s normal function.
Who can apply it?
Anyone. But it helps to have a CKTP (Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner)
who can assess the situation properly and show you how to apply it. Like
doing medical bodywork the pain is often NOT where the problem
The tape works slowly and
constantly while it is on. You can shower and move about your daily activities with
it on. In fact, the more you move the area (within reason) the better it
Lymphedema: In my experience with helping lymphedema patients
it works tremendously well in helping the musculature move the stagnant
proteins and metabolic waste (the yuck) out of an area and helps the
musculature pump the fluid. In chronic cases of lymphedema, the lymphangion
(muscles; like a series of little hands squeezing jello through a hose) are
exhausted or have stopped working. So the respiratory system
(breathing) and the activity of the
muscles now move the fluid along. The tape
improves circulation in two ways in this instance. It lifts the skin (by way
of the wavy pattern the adhesive is applied with) and strengthens (an
already tired, over worked) muscle to help it pump the fluid with activity.