Kinesio Tape all for Show?
As I watched the World Cup opener last night I wondered how much money Croatia had spent on the colourful Kinesio tape and could they have fielded if their tape hadn’t made it through customs!
The tape was invented by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970s. The U.K. web site for Kinesio tape claims it can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and supporting muscles during a sporting event.
The theory is that the tape pulls the skin away from the underlying muscle. The space created is believed to relieve pressure on the lymph channels in the area between the muscle and the dermis, creating more space for lymph flow and thus better lymph drainage through an affected area.
But does it work?
There is little evidence barring anecdotal and the director of Lilleshall Sports Rehabilitation suggests it’s benefits could be placebo.
When applying tape for a sporting event our clinic generally recommends subtle taping so as not to advertise any areas of potential weakness.
In stark contrast Kinesio taping seems to be worn as a badge of honour. Could it be a way for an athlete to explain away a potentially poor performance??
Certainly whatever the benefits or placebo the highly coloured visible colours has led to a phenomenal commercial success.
However at The Physio Group Clinic the jury is still out!