Taping the affected area in a specific criss-cross pattern changes the pressure gradient between the skin and the tape allowing diffusion to remove excess fluid from the area and facilitates its movement to the lymphatic system.

Retraining of proper posture allows injured tissue to heal by preventing repetitive strain and assists in preventing future injury. The tape is applied in a specific fashion making poor posture uncomfortable while refraining from passively holding the patient in good posture. This prevents a passive reliance on the tape and forces the patient to hold themselves in proper posture using their endurance/postural stabilizing musculature, strengthening it for when the tape is removed.

Taping for Postural Correction

Taping for Motor Retraining

Motor patterns can be affected by taping the desired muscular tissue providing sensory input and thus allowing the athlete to have better proprioception/control of the area aiding in correcting issues with aberrant motor patterns.

Taping for Joint Laxity/Instability

Assists in supporting the joint and soft tissue through full range of motion allowing strengthening while strain and soft tissue spasms are prevented.

Supports movement during athletic activity while maintaining full range of motion and increasing circulation for optimal muscular performance.

Sports Performance

Kinesio Taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion. The tape used is latex-free, breaths well, can be worn for days at a time, and can be applied with varying levels of tension. Kinesiotaping is used in athletic performance, injury prevention, and injury treatment.
There are 5 main goals for the Kinesio Taping Method:

Kinesio-Taping

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Edema (Bruise) Reduction