Kinesiology Taping history of tape techniques

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Kinesiology Taping History

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Developed over 30 years ago, Kinesiology taping has now become a well established therapy in the treatment regimes of the modern physiotherapy practice.

Developed in the 70’s as Kinesio Tape, the K T method has challenged traditional thinking in the treatment of injuries, to the point where physiotherapists are increasingly re-examining their knowledge of anatomy, particularly lymphatic drainage and the role of the fascia in pain modulation.

In tandem with the development of the tape, Kinesiology Taping courses have been developed to teach physios the various techniques used in the therapy.

This style of teaching has become refined in the Levotaping method in response to the need for a deeper understanding of how the Kinesiology Taping method works.

Traditional explanations have suggested that the subtle lifting of the skin, which improves lymphatic drainage and blood perfusion, results in the dramatic changes associated with Kinesiology Tape are being augmented by the more sensory or proprioceptive view of the human body.

In particular, the role of the fascia in the homeostatic control of muscle function is being seen as central to how the method may work, and many practitioners tend to combine the KT method with myo-fascial release techniques.

 Kinesio sport 

Over time, the teaching methods used have evolved from the prescriptive learning of the earlier providers through the European style of K-Active, to a deeper understanding of the sensory nature of the therapy and hence the need to test and re-test and chose the Kinesiology Taping techniques based on the individual’s response, in the Clinical Kinesiology taping teaching.

An understanding of Meridian lines and traditional Chinese and Japanese therapies is also seen as fundamental to an explanation of restoring the body to optimal tone or conditioning, as a possible explanation of how Kinesiology tape may work.

The tape itself has also been changing over the years from the original Kinesio Tex tape, later marketed as K-Active Kinesiology Tape to the state of the market today where there are many brands in the market place.

Levotape has been designed with greater adhesive properties and elasticity than earlier versions of Kinesiology Tape because it was felt that this would improve efficacy, and feedback suggests this to be accurate.

Future research into the KT method should help us understand how this wonderful therapy works, and with Professor Jeremy Lewis heading up our research department we intend to be at the forefront of research into Kinesiology Taping Therapy.

Kinesio tape was seen by the majority of people for the first time in the Seoul Olympics back in 1988 and is now widely seen on professional athletes throughout the World. Kinesio and other kinesiology tapes including Levotape have been used in sporting events such as the Tour de France, The FA Premiership, Wimbledon, The Rugby Football World Cups and the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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