As striking as it looks on athletes at the Olympic Games, kinesiology taping has been drawing increasing attention from the public. This patient education handout discusses the differences between athletic and kinesiology tape, and outlines kinesiology tape's strengths.
Excerpt: What Is Kinesiology Tape? Developed by Kenzo Kase, DC, kinesiology taping is a therapeutic taping method that utilizes a latex-free elastic tape. Whereas most athletic tape is stiff and is used to hold muscles or joints in one position, kinesiology tape is stretchy—to serve as a gentle reminder to your body to hold your shoulder in a certain way or to keep a kneecap in line while biking or running.
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