KINESIOLOGY TAPING (KT)
WHAT IS KINESIO TAPING?
Everyone remembers a few years back - 2008 to be exact - when this weird sticky tape took the summer olympics by storm. From volleyball to gymnastics to swimming it seemed athletes from all over the world sprouted plumage in all sorts of colors, that announcers noted was helping them reduce pain, improve circulation, and optimize performance.
As with many things, they may have been overselling a bit, but Wes had been usually KT taping as far back as his graduate work in 2003, when it was still being shipped straight from Japan. He developed a thoughtful clinical reasoning approach to taping, which oddly seemed to use about HALF the tape in the instruction manuals.
And he and the whole team now use this sticky, hypoallergenic cloth tape to help improve motion, reduce pain, enhance balance and proprioception for everyone from elite athletes to those just trying to get off the couch without pain.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM KINESIO TAPING?
Kinesiotaping can be a helpful adjunct for anyone who has issues with painful or weak movements. When expertly applied, it can help guide your movements, unload painful areas, or increase muscle endurance / strength so you can.....
To reinforce posture
HOW DOES KINESIO TAPING WORK?
KT taping seems particularly controversial in the sports medicine world, and rightfully so. Some clinicians attribute magical properties to the technique (though sometimes it appears magical to the right client!), while others dismiss it out-of-hand as voo-doo and ridiculous.
The answer is somewhere in the middle.
There are “specific effects” and non-specific effects. Specifically, KT taping can help gently unload areas, improve your sense of where the body is in space, give an altered sense of input (read: distract you), and you can change up your....