There are numerous applications and uses for kinesiology taping in physical therapy. Whether it be to manage swelling1 , decrease pain2 , facilitate control/coordination3, or promote proper posture or alignment4, there is much evidence to support the use of taping in addition to other treatment techniques.
Depending on the purpose, the tape is measured, cut accordingly, and applied directly to the skin with an appropriate amount of tension. Kinesiology taping is flexible, and while some applications are primarily for support, the elasticity of kinesiology tape generally allows for freedom of movement while performing desired activities and exercises. Usually, the tape will last several days, working even between physical therapy visits.
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- – Białoszewski D, Woźniak W, Zarek S. Clinical efficacy of kinesiology taping in reducing edema of the lower limbs in patients treated with the ilizarov method–preliminary report. Ortop Traumatol Rehabil. 2009 Jan-Feb; 11(1):46-54.
- – Montalvo AM, Cara EL, Myer GD. Effect of kinesiology taping on pain in individuals with musculoskeletal injuries: systematic review and meta-analysis. Phys Sportsmed. 2014;42(2): 48-57.
- – Shin YJ, Kim MK. Immediate effect of ankle balance taping on dynamic and static balance of soccer players with acute ankle sprain. J Phys Ther Sci. 2017; 29(4): 622–624.
- – Han JT, Lee JH, Yoon CH. The mechanical effect of kinesiology tape on rounded shoulders posture in seated male workers: a single-blinded randomized controlled pilot study. Physiother Theory Pract. 2015; 31(2):120-125.