What You Need To Know Prior To Being Kinesiotapedby Corinne D. Bracko, CMT, LMT, CKTP on 01/06/14
Kinesio Tape™ was originally developed in 1979 by Dr. Kenzo Kase, who wanted to provide his patients with a form of therapy they could use when not in his office. Kinesiology taping is meant to provide patients with therapeutic benefits for their bodies while not having to focus on constant exercises or maintaining proper posture, and it continues working while you sleep. This tape may be worn for up to five days in a row, can be immersed in water, and is intended to remain on the body even during vigorous exercise.
In order to receive the best benefits from your tape, there are certain steps which you should take prior to coming in and being taped.
- Make sure to have the area that is to be taped devoid of hair. If this requires shaving, shaving sure be done the day prior to the tape being applied to allow the skin time to readjust after being shaved. Failure to have the area prepped may lead to a cancellation of service with charge.
- Come in with the skin cleansed and free of oils
- Discuss questions or concerns with the therapist prior to the session
- Talk to your therapist about any cuts or sutures that are in the area that needs to be taped. Your therapist will be able to determine if they can tape around these sites, or if the taping will need to be postponed.
- Do not apply lotion to the skin the day it is to be taped as this may prevent the tape from adhering
- Do not come in with a sunburn that is new or still peeling. The sunburn will have to heal completely prior to tape being applied.
- Do not still have tape on your skin from a prior application. The skin needs at least one day to breath in between applications.