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Chances are you’ve already seen eye-catching kinesiology tape (aka KT or kinesio tape) on professional athletes. Quarterback Tom Brady used it to help him play without discomfort in the Super Bowl, while professional golfer Jordan Speith was spotted wearing it on his wrist when competing.
Here, what you need to know about kinesio tape and how you can use it to support your walking routine:
“Kinesiology tape is a therapeutic tape used to treat musculoskeletal injuries,” says Daniel Giordano, doctor of physical therapy and certified strength and conditioning specialist at Bespoke Treatments. “Originally created by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase in the 1970s, the majority of KT tapes are made from cotton and an acrylic adhesive. They’re latex-free, hypoallergenic and water-resistant (meaning you can shower with it).”
Designed to imitate the elasticity of human skin, kinesio tape is not to be confused with typical athletic tape: “White tape is extremely rigid and doesn’t do much more than temporarily cast an area,” explains Giordano.
While kinesio tape is widely used, more research is needed to show exactly how it does (or doesn’t) work. For example, a systematic review in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine finds kinesio tape appears to quickly reduce pain, but there is no support for any long-term effect in regard to improvements in pain reduction, muscle strength or range of motion.
“Although the current research on kinesiology tape has not been conclusive to confirm the effectiveness of the tape, clinicians around the world have continued to see an improvement in their patients’ symptoms when kinesiology tape is applied,” says Giordano.
“KT tape is versatile,” says Bianca Beldini, a doctor of physical therapy and USA Triathlon certified coach. “It can be used to support overworked and tired muscles, provide support to fascia (connective tissue between your skin and muscles), and improve the pliability of strained tissues.” Here, a few ways you can use kinesio tape to keep up with your walking workouts:
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