Dr. Roger Berton - Chiropractic Physician - Certified Kinesio Tape Instructor
What is the Difference between Kinesio Taping® and the other taping techniques?
White Althetic Taping
White athletic taping technique is the most common in North America. White athletic tape is extremely rigid and requires a pre wrap prior to application. It is used for acute and preventative injuries. It is normally left on for a short period of time, typically applied immediately prior to an activity and taken off immediately thereafter. This technique causes skin irritation due to moisture entrapment, high latex content, skin compression, joint compression and muscle compression. No rehabilitative purposes or benefits are gained from this tape.
McConnell Taping Technique
McConnell Taping is a bracing or strapping technique using a super-rigid, cotton mesh highly adhesive tape (EnduraTape ®, LuekoTape®). Most commonly used for pattelafemoral syndrome, shoulder subluxation, lumbar, foot, and hip impingement. Left on for no more than 18 hours due to in-adverse skin reaction. Typically left on for a shorter period of time due to its constricting and suffocating feel. It is meant to affect the bio mechanics of patient. Primarily used for neuromuscular re-education of the affected condition. Widely accepted by the medical community.
Kinesio Taping Technique
Kinesio Taping is a therapeutic taping technique, not only offering your patient or athlete the support they are looking for, but rehabiliting the affected area as well. This technique uses a highly specific designed tape that works with the body allowing full range of motion (ROM). This technique will not adversley affect the bio mechanics of the patient. This latex free product makes it hypoallergenic and safe to use from the pediatric to geriatric populations. No compression to the skin makes it "light to the feel" allowing comfortable wear over a 3 to 5 day period. The water resistant fabric wisks away moisture and gives the patient the ability to bathe as normal. Kinesio Taping works with the lymphatic system to increase circulation of blood and lymph in order to rehabilitate and relieve pain. Used for virtually all clinical conditions.