I first learned about Kinesio Taping in 2008, after one of my many knee surgeries. I was being treated by a physical therapist in Los Angeles and was having problems with post-op swelling. So she pulls out this tape, cuts it into long strips, and creates a web of tape from just above my knee down to my ankle.
I was baffled. I went into work at PTPN and walked into the office of our Director of Quality Assurance, PT Mitch Kaye, and asked him if he’d ever seen such a thing. He hadn’t, but had heard of the technique.
Within six months, it was all over the Olympics in Beijing. And now you see it everywhere. Which leads the everyday athlete to ask, is this right for me? So here’s what a couple of our physical therapists had to say on the subject.
What is Kinesio Taping and is it right for me?
with advice from LaKeesha Crouch, PT, DPT, ATC, CKTP
and Krystal Schoch, PT, DPT
Over the last few years, Kinesio Taping® has leapt from the physical therapy clinic to major athletic venues. Professional athletes, in particular Olympians like Kerri Walsh, have been seen in recent years with ornately applied tape in black, blue, pink and, occasionally, the less obvious nude, strapped across shoulders, knees and thighs. But what is Kinesio Taping, exactly, and is it right for the everyday athlete?
Kinesio Taping was originated by Dr. Kenzo Kase in Japan in the late 1970s, explains LaKeesha Crouch, a physical therapist and the clinical director at Dwight Orthopedic Rehabilitation Company, a Physiquality network member in Detroit, Michigan. She adds that his goal was to enhance function through various taping techniques.