Kinesio tape (other brand names we also use include Rock Tape, KT Tape and Strength Tape) is an elastic tape that facilitates the body’s natural healing process. It is latex-free, hypoallergenic, water-resistant and can function on the skin up to several days. Traditional white athletic taping is restrictive in design thus preventing movement, where on the flip side, Kinesio tape allows for full movement of the taped area and can help distribute forces to other nearby areas and the underlying tissues..
Depending on the taping technique and desired outcome, Kinesio tape can be used to perform many a multitude of functions. Some intended and very effective treatments include; to improve lymphatic drainage, along a muscle to either facilitate or relax a muscle’s contraction, thereby improving posture or altering a movement pattern to restore pain-free function, as well as provide joint stability by applying it to the muscles surrounding the target joint.
Kinesio taping is one of the many tools we at COR are trained to use to treat, educate and empower our patients. When the use of the tape proves effective for a particular case, our doctors educate the patient on self-application to provide them with autonomy and the ability to perform symptom management independently.
(3 days Post-Op ACL Reconstruction)