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Pete Pfannerstill, Ph.D.

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The Magic of Kinesio® Taping

Used to support rehabilitation, reduce pain and improve muscle performance

The Kinesio Taping® Method, developed by Dr. Kase, enhances the body’s natural healing process and provides support through the muscles. This powerful modality address a broad spectrum from post-operative to athletic injury therapy.

The Kinesio Taping® Method involves taping over and around muscles and joints, rather than wrapping them tightly as in conventional athletic taping. This increases circulation to the injured area,Supports Multiple Muscle Groups as well as lymphatic drainage, which reduces swelling, bruising and pressure on sensitive pain receptors. Prior to taping, the Kinesio screening test should be performed by a licensed practitioner. A full assessment includes:

  • Manual muscle testing
  • Range of motion testing
  • Gait assessment

When applied by an experienced therapist and with slight variations in taping technique, Kinesio taping can accomplish all of the following:
  • Pain relief
  • Reduced swelling and inflammation
  • Prevent and/or relieve spasms and cramping
  • Speedier recovery of overused muscles
  • Provide support without restricting range of motion
  • Allow athletes to remain active while injured
  • Enhance strength and muscle tone in weak or poorly-toned muscles

    Symptoms and Conditions Commonly Aided by Kinesio Taping® Method

  • Joint Pain

    Arthritis, bursitis, degenerative joints, poorly aligned joints, joint instability

    Muscle Pain

    Torn muscles, pulled/strained muscles, tight muscles, fibromyalgia, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, calf strain, pulled hamstring, groin strain, strained gluteals, abdominal strain

    Soft Tissue Injuries

    Tendinitis, tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfers elbow (medial epicondylitis), patellar tendinitis, Achilles tendonitis, whiplash, back strain, neck strain, rotator cuff injuries, iliotibial band syndrome (ITB)

    Joint Injuries

    Joint sprains, dislocated joints, sprained ankle, sprained knee, sprained wrist, sprained elbow, degenerated meniscus, torn cartilage, unstable joints, joint hypermobility

    Overuse Injuries

    Carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress syndrome, shin splints, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, tension headaches

    Swelling and Edema

    Lymphedema, swollen joints, edema, lymphatic congestion, chronic joint or muscle inflammation

    Postural Problems

    Poor posture, round shoulders, scapular instability, muscle weakness, muscle imbalance, poor muscle tone, hypotonia

    Recovery from Surgery

    Athletic injury surgery, reconstructive surgery, joint replacement surgery, meniscus repair, ligament surgery, tendon surgery, lymph node removal


    Bruising following injuries or surgery, contusions

    Foot Pain

    Plantar fasciitis, fallen arches

    What is Kinesio tape?

    Kinesio Tape possesses approximately the same thickness and elasticity as human skin. It is very stretchable, with 140% elasticity which makes it extremely comfortable to wear. Made of 100% high grade cotton, for comfort and breathability, moisture dissipates quickly through the porous material. The backing contains no latex or medications and has medical-grade adhesive made of 100% hypoallergenic acrylic. Kinesio tape is easily removed and leaves no sticky residue.

    How can something so gentle offer pain relief?

    Kinesio Taping® Method allows for full range of motion. It does not negatively affect circulation, since there is no wrapping, and therefore no impediment of blood flow. Kinesio Taping® Method is a “light” therapy. In rehabilitative applications it works continuously, so each treatment can continue for 2 to 3 days. It is like having healing hands to put on the area 24 - 7.

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