The Kinesio Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to injured muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion.
This type of taping also provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered by Evolve Wellness practitioners at our clinic in Kitsilano. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, it’s safe for everyone from children to seniors.
Over the past few years, kinesio taping has gained momentum in treating various strains/sprains and joint injuries in professional sports and world events such as the Olympics. Specifically, the Kinesio Taping Method uses a patented tape with 140% elasticity, developed by the renowned chiropractor and acupuncturist Dr. Keno Kase, to support and stabilize joints and muscles while still allowing the body to move without restriction and enhancing circulation ( either through compression or decompression) to the affected area. In contrast, traditional sports medicine taping stabilizes the joint into a rigid position and inhibits circulation of body fluids.
In addition to KT tape, Evolve Wellness Centre uses Rock Tape and Spider-Tech brands when taping therapeutically.
At Vancouver’s Evolve Wellness Centre, our chiropractors use kinesio taping to:
- Reduce pain and swelling
- Stabilize muscles/joints
- Improve circulation
- Optimize healing of the muscles/joints
- Prevent further injury
- Re-educate neurological and muscular pathways and firing patterns
- Enhance performance and function
Conditions/injuries that are successfully treated with kinesio taping include (in alphabetical order):
- Achilles tendonitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Inflammation and edema
- Low back pain/strains
- Plantar fasciitis
- Postural overloads
- Strains and/or sprains to knee/shoulder/hip/ankle
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- TMJ syndrome