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Kinesio Tape itself is a breathable, elastic, cotton tape used to facilitate the natural healing process without restricting movement. It was created by a Japanese chiropractor and gained world-wide attention during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when several athletes were viewed wearing the bright pink, blue and black tape during their competitions. According to the Kinesio Taping website: ‘The tape is applied along muscles, ligaments and tendons to provide a lightweight, strong, external support that helps prevent injury and speed recovery.’ Kinesio Tape works differently for different injuries.

Depending on how it is applied, Kinesio Tape supports, enables or restricts soft tissue and its movement. By stretching and recoiling like a rubber band, Kinesio Tape augments tissue function and distributes loads away from inflamed or damaged muscles and tendons, thereby protecting tissues from further injury.’ Kinesio Taping helps speed recovery by microscopically ‘lifting the skin’. This lifting action creates small pockets of space that allow drainage to occur, reducing inflammation and promoting healing.