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Kinesio Taping

Definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process

Kinesio Taping Method at Rebel Med NW

Kinesio Taping Class SeattleThe Kinesio Taping ® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio ® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio Taping Method ® is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin.  This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.

Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio ® Tex Tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation.  The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the Kinesio® Tex Tape application and other possible treatments or modalities.  With the utilization of single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X”, “Y” or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application, Kinesio® Tex Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimize performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.

Kinesio Taping Benefits

Evaluation and assessment are key in the treatment of any clinical condition.  In order to get the desired results from a Kinesio Tex Tape application as well as any other treatment, a full assessment of the patient is necessary. In some cases, the treatment of a condition may require treatment of other underlying conditions as well.  This assessment may include manual muscle testing, range of motion testing, gait assessment, and any other orthopedic special tests that are necessary for evaluation.  The information gained from these tests helps determine the most appropriate taping application.


Kinesio Taping can be a great option after a massage by one of Rebel Med NW’s experienced massage therapy providers, or after a spinal manipulation (similar to Chiropractic treatment) treatment performed by Dr. Andrew Simon or Dr. Jessica Wendling. Kinesio Taping can help train the body to maintain and prolong the treatment effects as provided by the practitioner in the office.


For over 35 years Kinesio Tape has been used by athletes and non-athletes alike.  Wildly popular within the world of rehabilitation as well as athletics, Kinesio Tape gained notoriety after athletes wore it during the 2008 summer Olympics in China.  However, Kinesio has been around for generations, and has been the tape of choice for physical therapists, chiropractors, athletic trainers and a many other types of practitioners of human health and performance.  Invented by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1979 and developed right here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kinesio Tape is used in over 90 countries, and an estimated 15 million applications are administered annually worldwide.  Now you too can learn how to use Kinesio Tape!

There is a specific method used to apply Kinesio Tape.  In the Certified Kinesio TapingTechnician (CKTT) workshops you will learn the fundamentals of this method, including how to cut the tape, proper application technique, appropriate tension lengths,  contraindications (when NOT to use the tape), and of course, specific taping patterns which you can use immediately.

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