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Kinesiology Tape

Kinesiology Taping / RockTape

Kinesiology Taping or KT Tape has been around since 1973. It was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a chiropractor in Japan, while he was searching for a sports taping method to assist in the healing of traumatized tissues. He found that standard taping techniques, such as athletic taping, provided muscle and joint supports, however, they reduced the range of motion, did not support the fascia and in many cases inhibited the actual healing process of traumatized tissues.

KT Tape (or another great brand, RockTape) itself is a breathable, waterproof tape with a medical-grade, heat sensitive adhesive. It is easily tolerated and can last for 3-5 days without re-application, even in the water. You probably have seen examples of Kinesiology taping on Olympic and professional athletes of all sorts.

At Positive Motion Chiropractic in Los Gatos we have trained in and utilize Kinesiology Tape when it will help our patients heal faster and have less pain. The applications of K-Tape are varied, but we use it to help a variety of conditions including:

  • Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylosis)
  • Calf strain (Achilles tendonitis)
  • Foot pain (Plantar fasciitis)
  • Shoulder pain (Rotator cuff tears)
  • Neck sprain/strain
  • Lower back pain
  • Postural issues
  • Knee pain (patellofemoral pain syndrome)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Hip pain (trochanteric bursitis)
  • Golfer's elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Rib pain
  • Wrist pain (carpal tunnel syndrome)

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