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is a new treatment available for the aches and pains of daily living.
It was developed in 1973 and has just recently come to this country
from Japan. It is called Kinesio Taping. This is a technique that offers relief from pain while it aids the natural healing powers of the human body to work.
It has the resounding endorsement of Lance Armstrong and the U.S.
Postal Bicycle Team as well as professional sports teams like the New
York Jets and the Seattle Mariners. Lance Armstrong, the seven-times
Tour de France winner, has called Kinesio Tape his "miracle tape."
So how does it work?
By using a special tape that is applied in a way that offers correction and support to the injured tissues that cause pain. The correction increases blood flow, takes the strain off the injured muscle tissues, the injured ligaments and nerves, and allows those tissues to heal at the same time that it dramatically decreases the pain that you feel. Kinesio Taping works on headaches, neck problems, shoulder injuries, back and hip pain, knee and other lower leg injuries, nearly one hundred different named conditions. It works so well that top-flight professional athletes count on Kinesio Taping to help them heal from the injuries that they get from the intense sports that they do for a living. Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body's own natural healing process. Kinesio Taping affects the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology. Hence the name "Kinesio" is used. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms. Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the body's own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Employment of Kinesio Taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs. The first application of Kinesio Taping was for a patient with articular disorders. For the first 10 years, orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of Kinesio Taping. Soon thereafter, Kinesio Taping was discovered by Olympic volleyball players in Japan and word quickly spread to other athletes. Today, Kinesio Taping is accepted by medical practitioners and athletes in Japan, the United States, Europe, South America and other Asian countries as well.