You may have seen bright coloured tape on other runners or athletes and wondered if it was a new form of body decoration; or you may have heard of people who have been “taped” – but just what is Kinesio® Tape and as a runner – why do you need it?
What is Kinesio Tape?
Kinesio® Tape was developed more than 30 years ago by a Japanese chiropractor, Dr Kenzo Kase. Whilst it has been in common use in other parts of the world for some time, it was only introduced to Australia relatively recently in 2004 by Dr Kase himself.
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What’s so special about it?
Kinesio® Tape is used to give support after an injury and during rehabilitation to prevent overuse. It’s also used to:
- Reduce pain
- Enhance performance
- Prevent injury
- Promote improved circulation and healing
- Help prevent muscle cramping and lactic acid buildup
Different to traditional taping, Kinesio® Tape works with the body to allow for full range of movement. The body’s damaged tissue can rest and heal naturally despite continued use.
The tape is 100% cotton which means it is breathable and lasts several days through sweating, bathing and even swimming.
What running related injuries can it be used to treat?
Kinesio® Tape can be used to treat many running-related injuries.
It supports the muscles and increases circulation around injuries and other painful areas, and is frequently used by runners prone to shin splints.
Kinesio® Tape can also help with the following:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Runner’s Knee
- Ankle Sprain
- Achilles Tendonitis
- And more!
Who uses it?
Many world-class athletes now swear by the tape such as: Serena Williams, David Beckham, Lance Armstrong, Lleyton Hewitt, and Tiger Woods.
Meb Keflezighi, winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon, and Molly Huddle, current American record holder in the women’s 5,000-meter run, are just two of the many top-flight runners who use Kinesio® Tape in their training.
Kinesio® Tape is now used in practically every sport and at all levels from elite athletes to weekend warriors.
Where can I get taped?
Kinesio® Tape must be applied by a professional who is trained.
For more information on how Kinesio® Tape can help you or to book in for a Kinesio Taping session, please phone Robert at Active Body Therapies (Miami & Robina) on Tel: 0403 444 684 or visit:
Kinesio Tape. – Colleen Morrissey Wheatley, The Runners Blog.
Kinesio Taping official website