Kinesio tape has been used since 1970 and was invented by Japanese chiropractor, Kenzo Kase. Kinesio tape and its specialized taping methods were developed to normalize muscles and stabilize joints, allowing the body’s natural healing processes to take place, all without restricting range of motion.
Kinesio tape is a thin, lightweight, flexible and breathable cotton tape. It protects and supports body structures, aids in circulation of blood and lymph fluids, and promotes healing. It may be worn continuously for three to five days.
Kinesio taping is used to treat a broad spectrum of conditions and used to perform many intensive physical therapy techniques for children with disabilities. In pediatrics, it is utilized as a great tool to either facilitate correct patterns of motion or to inhibit over activity (spasticity) in muscles that limits a child’s ability to achieve a functional task. Physical therapists trained in Kinesio taping understand the specific techniques to provide the right effect in children’s neuromuscular systems.