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What is Kinesio-taping?

Kinesio-taping (K-tape) involves the application of thin, elastic, therapeutic tape with the focus of reducing pain, swelling and inflammation and providing some support to joints and muscles, without restricting movement. The tape was developed in the 1970s by a Japanese chiropractor called Kenzo Kase, and has since been popularised in modern day sports, as it was used frequently in the last two Olympic Games. It can however be used to treat non-sporting injuries as well.

How does it work?

The tape works by microscopically lifting the skin and fascia of where it’s applied. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas, decompressing pain receptors, blood vessels and facilitates the lymphatic drainage. This creates more space for an increase in blood flow and promote healing of soft tissue structures.

This increase in blood flow to a particular area has also shown to be effective in reducing bruising on the skin where trauma/injury might have occurred to that area.


Who can wear k-tape?

K-tape can be worn by adults, athletes, pregnant women, infants and children and even horses! It must be applied to clean, dry skin for it to be effective and to remain on the skin. An adhesive spray may be used on the skin prior to tape application to improve its adherence. Your therapist may then rub the tape once applied as the glue in the tape is heat activated. Instances where k-tape should not be applied are over open wounds, over sites of skin irritation/infection, over sites of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), in people with uncontrolled diabetes or those receiving treatment for cancer.

Useful applications for injuries:

How long should I leave the tape on for?

K-tape has been shown to be most effective for up to 3 days and but can be left on for up to 4-5 days. The tape is water resistant so can be left on during a shower, bath or swim. You should remove the tape if it starts to feel itchy or uncomfortable as it could mean your skin is reacting to the glue in the tape, of which the effects are temporary.

Common misconceptions:


Here at Pea Green Physio, we use RockTape® which our therapists may use in conjunction with other treatment modalities, after a thorough assessment has been carried out, whether it be with our physiotherapists, osteopath or sports massage therapist. Give us a call to book in your session!

t: 01869241411

e: info@peagreenphysio.co.uk

Blog by Kieran Yon – Sports Massage & Sports & Rehab Therapist

Pea Green Physio 





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