Kinesio® tape has been used in the realm of sports for over a decade, but wider exposure came during the Bejjing Olympics. Chiropractors are one of several professionals who use “k-tape” on their patients and report huge therapeutic and performance benefits. Back strains in gymnasts, knee sprains, neck and upper back tension in cyclists, plantar fasciitis, leg strains in runners, and tennis elbow in climbers are just a few conditions.
Kineso taping can do many things depending on how it is applied. K-tape holds tension over a muscle that is partially torn, promotes lymphatic drainage in areas that are swollen, supports the movement of irritated tendons, and prevents excessive movement at an injured joint. These functions, and others, are accomplished while still allowing nearly full range of motion. This is a key distinction from white sports tape which limits range of motion. More recently, certain applications of k-tape have been used to increase the kinetic potential in sports-specific muscle groups like quads for cyclists, rotator cuffs for overhead throwing athletes and hamstrings for runners.