If you’ve participated in any competitive or recreational race in recent years, there’s a good chance you’ve spotted brightly colored tape on runners’ legs, knees, and feet. What you’re witnessing — if you haven’t already tried it yourself — is Kinesio tape.
Kinesio tape is a flexible athletic tape used to support muscles and the body to relieve pain from injury or overuse. It’s an effective, easy, and affordable way to treat ailments that come from running. This form of athletic tape was developed by Kenzo Kase in the mid-1970s as an alternative to the tapes available at the time. The tape available at that time was aimed towards completely immobilizing the joint — a tactic that’s effective in certain situations, but isn’t helpful for still active runners. Kase was interested in finding a tape that worked more in-line with the body’s natural movement while still accelerating the healing process.
The result was Kinesio tape — a product that mimics the human body’s natural skin. When applied properly, Kinesio tape microscopically lifts the skin to improve circulation and lymph flow to the affected area — reducing pain and speeding healing.
It’s possible to treat a wide variety of running-related ailments and annoyances with Kinesio tape including:
- IT Band
- Shin Splints
- Hamstring Strain
- Knee Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
The only thing you need to know to use Kinesio tape is how to properly position the tape for your particular needs. Once you get the hang of it, the tape can be a great item in your running toolbox!
Want to learn more? Runner’s World has some great video tutorials of how to apply the tape for a variety of common runners’ ailments. We can also help! Contact us today for a free consultation and our skilled staff can show you exactly how to apply Kinesio tape for your needs.