So, What’s with Kinesio Tape?

Posted: August 31, 2008 in physical therapy, sport, Sports Medicine
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What is that black tattoo on Kerri Walsh’s right shoulder? It is called Kinesio Tex Taping which is an elastic taping used in chiropractic, rehabilitation and sports medicine. Developed 25 years ago by Dr. Kenzo Kase, it is now getting recognition and being used by top athletes such as Lance ArmstrongSerena WilliamsDavid BeckamRobby Ginepri and Justine Henin. Kinesio Tape works by giving support like a flexible brace and facilitates weak muscles with neurological awareness or proprioception. Kerri Walsh had a recent rotator cuff surgery last November. NBC reported that she uses the black shoulder tape for better circulation and her shoulder pain.

Many people watching the olympics and ive received several questions regarding kinesio taping.

As the paragraph reports its been around for a long time.  It has just come to the publics attention from the exposure it got on the olympics.  While it can be beneficial it is not the miracle cure for all (even though it was in the olympics).  It is just another good tool to assist in the rehabilitation and healing of the body.

Hope you enjoyed the olympics as much as my family and I did.  U. S. A. !!

Get Strong! Stay Strong!


  1. Leslie says:

    Kinesotape has been a great adjunct in my practice!

  2. chriskolba says:

    I have not used it. Does it work well. Did you take the course?
    Ive used the McConnel shld taping with good results

  3. Leslie says:

    I have not officially taken a course…collegue of mine took 2 or 3 and I learned a lot from her. Once you understand the concepts you can tape just about anything you like. Today I used it for relaxation of paraspinals, recruitment of shoulder external rotation, relaxation of pecs, reduce ankle swelling, VMO recruitment…so yah, it’s a great adjunct. But like you said, it shouldn’t be used alone, but in conjunction with other great treatments. I haven’t used Mconnel in a long time. The great thing about kinesio is that it is more function orientated and allows the muscles to begin doing what the need to do immediately. I love kineso for the shoulder. I’d like to take some courses just to enhance what I’m already doing with it.

  4. chriskolba says:

    Ive looked at the course once or twice. Thought it was kind of expensive for taping, but I should just take it to learn more about it and officially get trained. I dont know anyone in my area that does it.
    Thanks for the reply.

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