It was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in the 1970’s with the intention to alleviate pain and improve the healing in soft tissues.       

There are many proposed benefits to KT, including: proprioceptive facilitation; reduced muscle fatigue; muscle facilitation; reduced delayed-onset muscle soreness; pain inhibition; enhanced healing, such as reducing oedema, and improvement of lymphatic drainage and blood flow.      

As for every therapy can be a part in the recovery process if the diagnosis and so the detection of the source of the problem is correct.                                                                                 

It does not have any medication,the effects are due to mechanical property depending on how is applied and which tension has been chosen.  One of the main effect of the Kinesiology Taping is to elevate the space under skin and soft tissue, enlarging the space for movement, the circulation of blood and lymph fluid can be facilitated, and healing rate of tissue can be increased. In fact some studies showed that KT helped to reduce the swelling thank to the improvement in the lymphatic and blood circulation.           

Another important effect seems to be help in reducing the pain and improving the function. By the stimulation to mechanical receptors of skin, the pain information to the the brain will be reduced and the function will be consequently improved.   KT is comprised of polymer elastic wrapped in 100% cotton fibres,is both waterproof and breathable.  KT can be worn during exercise, showering and even swimming.  Seldom can cause causes skin irritation or skin reaction, however; if it occurs,should be immediately and wash the area with warm soapy water to remove any residual adhesive.  The application will last on  up to 3-5 days.

References:

Chang NJ et al., (2018),Acute effects of Kinesio taping on pain, disability and back extensor muscle endurance in patients with low back pain caused by magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed lumbar disc degeneration.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30042627

doi: 10.3233/BMR-169681.

Gülcan Öztürk, MD. Et al.,(2016), Efficacy of kinesio tape application on pain and muscle strength in patients with myofascial pain syndrome: a placebo-controlled trial

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4868190/

doi: 10.1589/jpts.28.1074

Al-Shareef AT. Et al.,(2016), Effect of Kinesio Taping on Pain and Functional Disability in Chronic Nonspecific Low Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27392262

doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000001447.

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