Kinesio Taping was being used in Toledo, OH for several years in our office before it came to prominence during the Summer Olympics in 2008. During the Beijing Olympics, people who watched the Women’s Beach Volleyball matches noticed something big and black on the right shoulder of Kerry Walsh. Many people thought it was a tattoo, but it is actually Kinesio Tape. In May 2008, she had surgery for a torn rotator cuff and despite having pain in her shoulder, she and her partner Misty May-Treanor won the gold medal. In fact, she wore it again in 2012 when they won gold again. In fact in the last three Olympics, Kinesio Tape has helped the Gold medalists in Woman’s Beach Volleyball to play and win.
One of the main properties of the Kinesio Taping Method is the ability to assist and support muscles without inhibiting a joint’s range of motion, unlike traditional athletic taping. Kinesio Tape can be applied in several distinctive approaches to achieve specific outcomes in an athlete or a patient and can be left in place for several days. While Kinesio Taping was originally developed for use in athletes, Dr. Bryan D. Royer utilizes it to treat all types of patients.
Kinesio Tape helps to relieve acute and chronic joint pains while increasing the joint’s range-of-motion and decreasing inflammation. Kinesio Tape can help support muscles by improving the contraction of weaker muscles as it supports the alignment of the joint. Certain techniques can increase the circulation to and from areas of the body. Take a look at my blog post Kinesio Taping for Runners for a more in depth explanation on how Kinesio Taping works.
Examples of Kinesio Tape in Action
Kinesio Taping is has been getting recognition and being used by top athletes as the Beijing Olympics showed. Multiple athletes from the Olympic Games used Kinesio Tape as well as notable athletes such as Serena Williams, David Beckham, and Edgerrin James. Click the images below to see some examples.
Kinesio Tape and Bruising
Kinesio Taping can help remove swelling and pain associated with bruising by increasing circulation and removing congestion in the area. Lymphatic correction techniques are used to “lift the skin” and create decreased pressure to allow lymph to flow and drain the bruise.
The first picture is of the buttock of a patient who fell off of her horse and landed on the jump and broke it. This patient normally take a while to heal from bruises and this bruise would have lasted well over a month. She was taped the day after her fall using a lymphatic correction technique to increase lymph drainage at and around the bruise. The pain disappeared within a few days.
The next picture is major bruising from a hamstring tear suffered while working out at an extreme bootcamp style fitness establishment. After being fatigued during a workout, she was made to sprint near the end and partially tore her hamstring. The extensive bruising covered the entire back of her thigh. Kinesiotaping helped to decrease the pain in her thigh by reducing the bruising and swelling within a few days. She was able to recover and gradually return to working out with the help of Kinesio Tape, Graston Technique and proper rehabilitation exercises.
Next is the picture of the right thigh of a patient after she fell on the ice and slammed her thigh into a post that was sticking out of the ground. She came in to see Dr. Royer three days after her fall and a lymphatic correction technique was applied to increase lymph drainage at and around the bruise. The picture is four days after initially applying the Kinesio Tape and only seven days after the fall. You can see the tape was applied in several small strips that were fanned out over the bruise and that the center of the bruise is already clearing up.
If this is not proof that Kinesio Tape increases circulation, then I don’t know what would be.
Upper Extremity Conditions
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Wrist Tendinitis
- Trigger Finger
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Spinal Disc Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Strains & Sprains
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Motor Vehicle Collisions
- Work-related Injuries
Lower Extremity Conditions
- Hip Pain
- Hip pain due to pregnancy
- Hamstring Injuries
- Patellofemoral Tracking Disorder
- Patellar Tendinitis (Knee Pain)
- Knee Pain
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
- Achilles Tendinitis (Heel Pain)
- Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)
- Frequent ankle sprains
Video Transcript – What is Kinesiotaping?
Hello. My name is Dr. Bryan Royer, and I’m here to give you some Healthy Hints for Harmony. This episode’s topic is the Kinesio taping method. I am one of the few certified Kinesio taping practitioners in the Toledo area. And I’ve been using the Kinesio taping method since 2004. It is likely that you’ve seen it somewhere and wondered exactly what it was. The concept was initiated in 1973, by a chiropractor in Japan, named Dr. Kenzo Kase.
Since then Kinesio taping has become used by amateur, collegiate, and professional teams around the world. The 2008 Olympics in Beijing was where most people first noticed it. One of the team physicians for team USA, who was in Beijing told me that they used just short of three miles of the Kinesio text tape during the Beijing Olympics. The one that most people probably noticed the Kinesio tape on was probably Carrie Walsh. Who won the Olympic gold medal in women’s beach volleyball with Misty May Trainer in Beijing.
But other people have worn Kinesio tape during major competitions like Jared Sullinger during the NCAA Final Four; Edgerrin James during the Super Bowl; David Beckham, Serena Williams, and there’s Lance Armstrong on the left and his teammates are on the right, wearing the tape when he won the Tour de France in 2001. And here’s Lance Armstrong wearing the tape for shin splints. when he ran in the New York City marathon a couple of years ago. He even mentioned the tape in his book, Every Second Counts. (Well, that didn’t age well.)
So the question is what makes Kinesio tape unique? It’s not because it has any kind of medicine and that there’s no active ingredients. What it does is it stretches. It is the ability to stretch up to about 130 to 140% of its resting link. And because it springs back, it actually affects the tissue. The other thing is that the tape is able to be worn for several days and you’re able to shower with the tape. So one application is able to help someone for a long time. There are generally four main ways that you can apply the tape. You can apply it to relieve pain or abnormal feeling in the skin and muscles. You can support the muscles during movement. You can remove congestion of lymphatic fluid or hemorrhages underneath the skin. And you can also correct for misalignments in the joint.
The benefits of the Kinesio taping method are that you can assist in the education of a weakened muscle. You can help to reduce muscle fatigue. You can assist to limit an over extension, or over contraction of muscle tissue. You can help to reduce cramping, reduce pain, reduce edema or inflammation. You can also improve the range of motion of a joint. You can help to drain bruises, and you can also assist an overall joint function.
When I treat someone with Kinesio tape, it usually means that they can still participate in their sport or in their life while they’re in the process of getting better. Now, as you can see, I’ve been taping for shoulder issues on this patient, but Kinesio taping can be used for basically any muscle or any joint in the body. Things like hamstring or groin pulls, or sprained ankles, shoulder pain issues, like rotator cuff tendinitis, or even tears, plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis.