The colored tape you have been seeing on athletes such as Serena Williams and Kerri Walsh is called Kinesio Tape. It was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase over 35 years ago and has taken the rehabilitation and sports world by storm. The Kinesiology Taping Method can reduce muscle fatigue, inflammation and pain, correct posture, adjust joint mal-alignment and protect muscles against further injury. It is also an effective tool for treating chronic pain and inflammation associated with musculoskeletal injuries.
Kinesio Tape mimics the human skin and has a variety of therapeutic benefits. The tape is applied and pulled to different degrees of tension depending on the desired effect and goal end result. Specific applications are applied over muscles in order to strengthen and give support while maintaining full range of motion. Other applications lift the skin to form convolutions, increasing the space between the muscle and the fascia, therefore reducing swelling.
Kinesio Tape is currently sold over-the-counter along with many other brands of tape. The effectiveness of the tape is in the application. Certified professionals can teach you how to properly apply the tape to get maximum results. Just putting the tape on your skin can cause skin irritation, have no effect, or even have negative effects. Camelback Sports Therapy has certified Kinesio Taping Practioners to assist you.
The colors are really just personal preference. You can color coordinate to match team uniforms or use beige to be more discrete. The tape is hypo-allergenic, latex free and typically water resistant.
The tape facilitates normal biomechanics so it can be worn for 24 hours a day and can provide relief for up to 3 days.
If you are interested in learning more about Kinesio Tape and/or have questions regarding its benefits for your condition, please contact Camelback Sports Therapy. Our team of professionals would be more than happy to provide you with a complimentary pain/injury assessment to get you back in the game!