Kinesio® tape is a special type of kinesiology tape used by practitioners all over the world to treat injuries and improve performance.
Popularized by its heavy presence at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Kinesio® tape has been around for over 25 years. It is composed of a cotton fabric that provides unidirectional elasticity so that the tape is able to stretch in length but not in width. This allows the tape to flex and move with the muscles of the body, providing support without restricting motion.
The elasticity of the tape creates a biomechanical lifting mechanism that lifts the skin away from the muscle. This separation increases blood flow, lymphatic drainage, and reduces pressure on sensitive pain receptors. The end result is reduced pain, swelling, and muscle spasm.
When the tape is applied along muscles, tendons, and ligaments, it provides a lightweight, strong, external support that helps prevent overstretch injuries. Its ability to increase blood flow improves oxygen transportation and reduces lactic acid formation to optimize performance and reduce fatigue.