What’s the blue tape?

One of the primary goals at Kentucky Sports Chiropractic is to not only get you better, but enable you to continue your active lifestyle WHILE getting better. One of the tools we use to help you do this is called Kinesio tape. You may remember our last summer Olympics where athletes in several sports wore the weird looking tape on their shoulders and knees. This was Kinesio tape.

Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for Preventive Maintenance, Edema, and to treat pain.

Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name “Kinesio”. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.

The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.

In contrast, traditional sports’ taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids as an UNDESIRABLE side-effect.

Dana, DCCF’s writer in residence blogs about her experience with Kinesio tape here.

-KB

5 thoughts on “What’s the blue tape?

  1. Do you have any good quality, peer reviewed research regarding kinesio tape? I am an evidence-based chiro in Louisville as well, and haven’t been able to find any quality research regarding its clinical utility. I have consulted with Dr. Barnes, who is our local kinesio expert, and she said there isn’t any yet. She did say there were some studies in Italy being performed, but nothing published. I would like to use it in our office, but following with a true evidence-based approach, I am not going to use it without research to back it up. Any help on this would be appreciated.

  2. I have tried searching all of the sources you have listed, and there is no quality research that indicates that kinesiotape is efficacious in almost any circumstance. There is only one study I found that indicates that it may be beneficial in helping vertical leap, but the sample was small and there was no follow-up to indicate how long it lasts. In fact, most of the research is done on shoulders or lower limbs. I found one article where it was used on the necks of patients with whiplash, and the authors state that the effects were so small clinical benefit cannot be determined. Anyway, still looking. If I run into any quality research regarding this, I will send it your way. I hope you will do the same.

  3. I’ve linked a few studies below that show favorable outcomes with kinesiotape. The study on whiplash showed significant immediate results with the tape, however they weren’t sure of the long term benefits. My patient’s like the tape and experience good results with it, which is what matters most to me.

    http://ukpmc.ac.uk/abstract/MED/19574662/reload=0;jsessionid=ynh0n8hvEKxR1vDCO7ee.123
    http://sportheart.ru/articles/the_clinical_efficacy_of_kinesio_tape.pdf
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15438620701405206

    Here’s an article about kinesiotape’s presence at the Beijing Olympics:
    http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-241-286–13016-0,00.html

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