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Kids and Kinesio Tape
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Wed, 2/06/2013 1:17 PM

Many children participate in a sport of some sort. A reader asked about using Kinesio Tape (K-Tape) when participating in sports activities. Her main questions were: is it safe, what does it do and can the kids put it on themselves. We talked to Jennifer Scholler, a physical therapist at Le Bonheur. Here’s what she had to say.

“Kinesio Taping® is the use of an elastic tape to assist muscle and other tissue function. It was first used in Japan in rehabilitation settings and in the late 1980s was first used on athletes. It was officially introduced in the United States in 1995 and today is primarily used on the non-athletic population.

There are four major physiological effects of Kinesio Taping®
• To relieve pain or abnormal feeling on the skin and muscle;
• To support the muscle in movement;
• To remove the build-up of lymphatic fluid;
• Correct joint misalignment by helping muscles work better;

K-tape is used in the pediatric world primarily for helping to improve joint and muscle function. Treatments are tailored based on a child’s unique strengths, needs and goals.It can be used to improve muscle contraction of a weakened muscle, inhibit contraction of an overused muscle or a muscle with increased tone, and assist with retraining a muscle. The tape is applied differently depending on the outcome desired.

Comments:

Really a Great One..!! Kinesiology Tape or Kinesio Tape is a special elastic adhesive tape that is mostly used by the injured athletes and wounds people. It is a medical tape that contains a special medicine. It can reduce pain and injury within a very short time. It is not only used by the Athletes also by general in reducing pain. A few Days Ago, I have gotten a pain in my shoulder left. I use Kinesiology Tape It really works Best... Thanks to the Father or KT Dr. KK

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