Kinesio® Tex is a specialist tape designed for Kinesio Taping® treatment. Its properties are very different from traditional athletic tapes and it has been developed to give optimum results when treating muscular disorders and lymphoedema or inflammation reduction.
A Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase first developed kinesiology tape in the 1970’s however, it wasn’t until the 2008 Olympics that it became popular, and several companies have developed products from Kase’s Kinesio Tex Tape since.
The Kinesio Taping® method involves taping over and around muscles to assist and give support and prevent over-contraction. Kinesio Tex® is different to other athletic tapes as it is designed to give support whilst maintaining full range of motion, and it facilitates lymphatic flow 24 hours a day by lifting the skin to create a very small space between the muscle and dermis layers. That space takes the pressure off swelling or injured muscles, allows smooth muscle movement and makes space for drainage and blood flow.
Some features of Kinesio Tex Tape® are:
- 100% cotton and latex free
- Elasticity of up to 30-40% from resting length
- Tape is applied with 10% stretch
- Medical grade, heat sensitive acrylic adhesive
- Allows the skin to breathe
- Thickness and weight approximates that of skin
- Easily tolerated
- Allows range of motion and does not restrict like conventional athletic tape
- Elastic properties support and reduce muscle fatigue
- Facilitated myofascial release and improves lymphatic flow – in turn reducing pain and swelling
- Can be worn for several days (3-5) without re-application
Kinesio treats a wide variety of conditions due to its ability to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, relax the muscles, enhance performance and facilitate rehabilitation while supporting muscles in movement.
Kinesio-Tape has also developed a new protocol for taping called “Power-Taping”. By taping the muscles associated with a particular sport, it creates a sport-specific bio-kinetic chain.
The aims of applying Power-Taping to a specific muscle group or kinetic chain are to:
- Modulate muscle activation
- Promote blood flow to the muscles
- Promote lymphatic drainage
- Assist in the removal of lactic acid
- Improve kinaesthetic awareness
These functions provide the athlete with additional endurance and promote recovery.
Power-Taping is used to promote a faster recovery for patient’s soft tissue and joint injuries by providing support and stability, while increasing blood flow.