Did you see the U.S. Olympic athletes with Kinesio tape?

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September 1, 2008

The 2008 Olympics in Beijing spotlighted a now very popular treatment technique, Kinesio Taping. There were more than a few U.S. athletes with that black flexible tape on shoulder, arms, calves and ankles. What is Kinesio tape anyway?

Kinesio Taping is a treatment technique using a specialized elastic tape that is helpful in reducing localized swelling associated with surgery, orthopedic or sports injuries, and acute trauma. It has also been found to be beneficial in the treatment of lymphedema.

The unique Kinesio Taping Method and specialized Kinesio Tex Tape were developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese Chiropractor who trained in the United States, and in the early 1970's began working to develop a specialized tape that could aid the body in healing itself. This technique has been used effectively in Asia for over 20 years and was introduced in the U.S. in 1995.

The combination of this technique and tape create unique effects on different body systems by supporting the elastic qualities of body tissues such as the skin and muscles. The utilization of Kinesio Taping can be an extremely beneficial tool along with chiropractic and other modalities can enhance the progression of healing injuries, support chronic issues and continued function.

Dr. Lori Piehl is certified in Kinesio Taping and has used it with her patients for the last several years with great success. At the moment, Dr. Piehl is the only practitioner in the Loveland, Symmes Township, Milford area performing Kinesio Taping. For more information click here or contact our office.

For more coverage on Kinesio Taping in the 2008 Olympics click here..