- Kinesio Tape
- Kinesio Tape
- KT Tape
- Kinesiology Tape
Authentic Kinesio Tape by Kenzo Kase
Created over 30 years ago by Dr. Kenzo Kase of Japan, Kinesio Tape was a revolutionary alternative to rigid medical tapes that restricted movement and compromised circulation. Although its use grew steadily, it wasn't widely accepted until the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, when it became an overnight sensation. Since then, use of the Kinesio Taping method has exploded, not only in athletics, but also in the medical field. Its ability to quickly relieve pain and inflammation have made it a favorite therapeutic modality for injuries, overuse syndromes, recovery from surgery and even the aches and pains of everyday living.
Light and elastic with the same thickness as human skin, Kinesio Tape integrates naturally with the body's neurosensory system, rapidly relieving pain and inflammation. Rather than being wrapped tightly around an injured area, the KinesioTaping method involves applying the tape around the borders or directly over injured muscles or joints. This allows it to provide support and therapeutic benefits without restricting range of motion - a critical factor for athletes needing to remain active as they recover from injuries. Unlike traditional athletic tape or sports tape which can only be worn for brief periods of time, KinesioTape applications are generally worn for 3-5 days. This allows the therapeutic benefits to continue, 24/7, the entire time it's worn.
KinesioTape is made of cotton and contains no latex or medications. It has a light, medical-grade adhesive made from 100% hypoallergenic acrylic. The adhesive is heat-activated – simply apply to the skin and rub briskly to activate. It is easily removed and leaves no sticky residue. Moisture dissipates quickly through the porous material of the tape, allowing it to withstand sweating, showering and even swimming without coming off or irritating skin.