The Kinesio tape and its methods of corrective techniques have been around for over 30 years. Currently 85% of Kinesio tape applications are for non-athletes; however Olympic athletes and other professional sports teams have seen amazing benefits from this tape. In Pediatric Physical Therapy we use this tape for a number of reasons, here are a few:
- Muscle imbalance
- Postural insufficiency
- Circulatory conditions
- Ligament, tendon and joint injuries
- Fascial adhesions and scars
- Pathological movement patterns
- Neurological conditions
The unique qualities of this tape which make it very different than others on the market are in its construction. It is composed of 100% cotton with no latex, artificial dyes or medication. Made with medical grade acrylic and heat activated, this tape can be worn for 3-5 days at a time. Children can benefit from Kineso tapping if they have a concern or DX including, but not limited to; Cerebral Palsy, weakness of a body part, Down Syndrome, gross motor developmental delay, gait abnormalities such as toe-walking, flat feet, hyperextension, decreased coordination, Torticollis and poor posture.
It is important to remember that Kinesio tape is a modality used in Pediatric Physical Therapy and like any other modality it may or may not be right for your child. There are many cases and studies that show Kinesio tape is very beneficial when used as an adjunct to treatment. Speaking with a Pediatric Physical Therapist about Kinesio tape and if it’s right for your child is the first step.
Josh – Physical Therapy team
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