What is Kinesio Tape or Rock Tape?
In 2008, professional women’s beach volleyball players Kerri Walsh and Misty May competed in the Beijing Summer Olympic
Games. Many people to this day still question, “What was the black tape on Kerri Walsh’s shoulder?” The black tape on her
shoulder is a 20 – plus – year practice called the Kinesio® Taping Method.
The Kinesio® Taping Method was first seen in the 1980s when it was invented by a Japanese chiropractor named Dr. Kenzo
Kase. The tape, which can be seen in beige, blue, hot pink and black, is made from a cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive (non
latex) to mimic the qualities of human skin. The tape is water resistant and can be worn for 24 hours for 3 to 5 continuous days.
Kinesio® tape can be used during any phase of an injury (acute/chronic) to help initially reduce swelling and inflammation
by improving circulation and reduce pain by taking pressure off pain receptors. Also, Kinesio® tape is used to help promote
correct muscle and joint function as well as assisting and giving support to muscles to prevent over-contraction.
Kinesio® tape technique allows the injured body part to work in its full range of motion.
This technique will not affect the biomechanics of any athlete or patient and is very safe to use on the pediatric to geriatric populations. Kinesio® tape or Rock Tape can be
applied on the body starting from the neck, shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers, mid back, lower back, hips, knees, ankles, to even
the toes and other parts of the body.
Kinesio® or Rock tape is used by physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, athletic trainers, occupational therapists, occupational
therapist assistants, chiropractors, and massage therapists . So, ask your therapist at all of our Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute
Rehabilitation clinics if taping may help with your condition.
To learn more, please call 904-858-7045 or go to our Library or Trending Section.
Robert Lim, PTA