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History of Kinesiology Tape

History of Kinesiology Tape

Kinesiology muscle tape is something that a growing number of athletes are using. The tape is nothing new, it has been around for more than 25 years, but it’s now making its way out of performance centers and into the mainstream.

Kinesiology tape was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in the 1970s in Japan. The idea behind the tape is that it supports joints and muscles without restricting the range of motion, thereby allowing people to train and rehab their injuries more effectively.

The History of Kinesiology Tape

Until Dr. Kase’s innovations, athletes were forced to strap or tape their joints for support, but the methods they used were restrictive. They failed to support the fascia, restricted range of motion, and often restricted circulation too, which inhibited healing. 

Dr. Kase created a new form of strapping that was more effective, allowing people to enjoy a better range of motion, and promoting healing more effectively.

Dr. Kase worked on Kinesiology taping over a period of many years. He experimented with different types of elasticity, different adhesives, taping methods, and breathability until he settled on what is now known as Kinesio Tex tape. 

The tape took off and was used by many athletes. It became mainstream in 1988 when athletes were seen wearing Kinesiology Tape at the Seoul Olympics. And from there, more and more athletes around the world started to try Kinesio taping.  

Olympic teams, football, rugby clubs, tennis players and triathletes all use Kinesio Taping as a way of improving the performance of their athletes.

What are the Properties of Kinesiology Tape?

The tape has some key properties that make it perform so well:

– The tape is latex-free (usually made from cotton)

– It has an elasticity of up to 30-40 percent of its resting length

– It can be applied with a 10% stretch

– They use a medical-grade, heat-sensitive adhesive

– The tape is breathable

– The tape is designed to be similar in weight and thickness to skin

– Since the tape stretches, it will allow the athlete to enjoy a full range of motion

– The tape can be worn for several days without needing to be removed

What is Sarco Skin?

Kinesiology tape, by itself, is an incredible innovation. Since Dr. Kase’s innovations, there have been many attempts to improve Kinesiology tape and make it more effective for those who are in a lot of pain. One particularly interesting innovation is that of CBD K-Tape. 

Sarco Skin is a CBD tape which is based on kinesiology tape but is infused with CBD.

The tape contains 9% menthol and 40mg of CBD, working out at 5mg per strip. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid that is found in hemp and cannabis. 

CBD should not be confused with THC. CBD is not psychoactive, which means that it does not get you high. Rather, it has several therapeutic effects, reducing inflammation, promoting better sleep, soothing anxiety, and supporting recovery. 

CBD can also help to take the harshness off the effects of THC.

The CBD that is used in Sarco Skin products is hemp-derived. 

The menthol on the tape helps to soothe aching muscles and promote blood flow, while the CBD helps to reduce inflammation and promote muscle healing.

Using Kinesiology Tape

Kinesiology tape is best used under the direction of a physiotherapist. Tape should be applied to clean and dry skin. If the injured area has a lot of hair, then shaving the hair first can help to improve how well the tape adheres to the skin.

Tape should be applied at least an hour before physical activity since the adhesive needs time to reach full effectiveness. There are several different configurations for kinesiology tape. The tape can be applied in the shape of an “I”, to help with minor injuries and alignment issues; an “X” to help support muscles that change alignment with movement; a fan or web, for large muscle groups; and a “Y” to surround a muscle and facilitate correct movement.

If the tape is not applied correctly, it will not support the muscle properly. For this reason, it is a good idea to consult a physiotherapist about your injury or issue and work with them to determine the best taping method to use. 

Once the tape is properly applied you can leave it in place for three to five days, and it should stay stuck to your skin even after bathing or showering. Pat the tape dry rather than rubbing it,  for best results. When the time does come to remove the tape, loosen it with water or baby oil to make it easier to pull up.

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