What is Kinesiology Tape?

A Kinesiology Tape is a tape that provides support but doesn’t limit movement the way traditional athletic tapes do. These tapes are applied strategically to any part of the body into the skin to provide support, lessen pain, reduce swelling, improve performance, and make healing faster.

Who invented Kinesiology Tape?


In the late ’70s, a renowned Japanese Chiropractor named Dr. Kenzo Kase realized that the tools and measures of taking care of an injury were very uncomfortable and limited a lot of movements, so he figured out a way to provide his patients support and movement while healing.

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How it works

Good quality tapes have a unique blend of cotton and nylon. Its main purpose is to mimic the skin’s elasticity so you can have a full range of motion. One of the biggest benefits of these tapes is that you don’t have to take them off or put them back on at any moment. The tape’s medical-grade adhesive is also water-resistant and strong enough to stay on the skin for three to five days, even while you work out, take showers, and make everyday activities.


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The science

When the tape is applied to your body, it recoils slightly, gently lifting your skin. It is believed that this helps to create a microscopic space between your skin and the tissues underneath it.

Some physical therapists think the tape changes the information your sensory nervous system is sending about pain and compression in your body and if you’ve been injured, kinesiology tape might help improve circulation and reduce swelling in the area where you’re hurt.


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Its uses

There are many uses for kinesiology tapes and we would like to share with you some of their uses. Maybe this could help you know if you need one to treat any kind of injury that you or your family has.

  • Treating injuries: Placing these tapes in muscle injuries like tears, contractures, or trigger points, sprains, for arthritis and osteoarthritis treatments, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and headaches caused by muscle tension can help ease pain, swelling and can help to heal faster.
  • Supporting weak zone: If you were experiencing muscle weakness, joint pain, or overall you feel significant weakness in your muscles, kinesiology tapes are a great option for you.
  • Re-educating muscles: Having kinesiology tapes makes you more aware of what’s happening in your body and your movements consequently, they retrain your muscles to be more aware.
  • Enhancing performance: Athletes constantly use them to enhance performance in training and prevent future injuries.
  • Correct posture in head and neck: They are strategically placed in the back and neck to help improve posture.
  • Managing scars: These tapes can help improve significantly the long-term appearance of scars. They are placed once they are completely healed and closed never on an open wound.

Remember, here at Serenity Sheer Massage we can help you place these kinesiology tapes, nevertheless for further treatment and diagnosis always check with your doctor.