What is Kinesiotape?

Dr.Kenzo Kase founded Kinesiotape in 1973 in Japan. Had international exposure due to use in ’88 Seoul Olympics’ and introduced to USA in 1995. Kinesiotape is approved for treatment during any of the stages of injury, in addition is a powerful injury preventative. Used in acute, subacute and rehabilitative phase. Can be used with cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, manual therapy, electro-stimulation, acupuncture.

Kinesiotape can be applied and worn 24h a day, between 3-5 days.

Kinesiotape vs Other Taping techniques

What is Wellness Chiropractic?

There are 3 major taping techniques

1.Athletic taping

  • Primary use is not rehabilitative
  • Acute injuries and injury prevention
  • Limited wear time
  • Skin irritation due to latex adhesive
  • Requires pre-tape or spray adhesive
  • Compression of the skin, joints, muscles
  • Used to limit or assist motion

2.McConnell taping

  • Bracing or strapping technique /Endura or Leuko teape/
  • Extremity rigid, cotton mesh tape
  • Require pre-tape
  • Limited uses- primary orthopaedic
  • Limited wear time due to skin irritation
  • Poor adhesive quality when wet
  1. Kinesiotape
  • Latex free
  • Safe for paediatrics to geriatric population
  • Longer wear time -3 to 5 day period
  • Well tolerated
  • Rehablitative
  • Works with the body to allow normal ROM

Five major Physiological effects of Kinesiotape

  1. Skin
  2. Fascia
  3. Muscle
  4. Joint
  5. Circulatory/Lymphatic Systems


Skin is the largest sensing organ of the body

Skin is very flexible allowing for motion

The skin is breathing

Allowing certain substances in while protecting from others


Kinesiotape effects the sensors of the skin through its application process.

Different modalities of sensation can be perceived from a given patch of skin.

Kinesiotape can reduce pain by alleviating pressure on pain receptors and reduce swelling by increasing fluid movement.



Increase interstitial lymphatic fluid flow

Enhance fluid exchange between tissue layers

Reduce oedema

Equalize temperature

Lift the skin, causing convolutions

Create channels of low pressure on neural receptors under the skin in congested areas

Decrease pain

Huge bruise on tight for example can be dramatically improved within 12h kinesiotape application.



Relieves pain

Increase range of motion

May normalise length/tension ratios to create optimal force

Assist tissue recovery

Reduces fatigue

Improves muscle contraction of a weakened muscle /facilitation/

Stimulate relaxation of over-contracted muscle /inhibition



Improves joint biomechanics and alignment

Balance agonist and antagonist

Reduces protective muscle guarding and pain

Facilitate ligament and tendon function

Enhance kinaesthetic awareness

Pathologic joint alignment /muscle-joint balance/

Tape for pain and cause of pain



Over active malignancy site

Over active cellulitis or skin infection

Open wounds

Deep vein thrombosis




Kidney disease

Congestive Heart Failure

CAD or Bruits in the carotid artery

Fragile or healing skin

May require approve from a physician before apply



Appropriate tension in “Therapeutic zone”

Remove if itching or increased in pain