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Ethan M. Kreiswirth, PhD, ATC - Grappler’s Guide to Kinesiology Tape

Ethan M. Kreiswirth, PhD, ATC - Grappler’s Guide to Kinesiology Tape

Kinesiology Tape was invented in the 1970’s by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase, since then it’s been used by athletes around the globe and has been the subject of countless studies and research. In this article we will focus on tape applications for pain reduction and overall joint support while training. Additionally, reduction of acute swelling has been seen with various taping techniques with Kinesiology Tape. Skin contact with tape allows for nervous system support and increased awareness of treatment area. No muscles are being supported with tape, rather, the skin is to affect mechanoreception.
- JJM 360 Issue 1.1

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Ethan M. Kreiswirth, PhD, ATC - Grappler’s Guide to Kinesiology Tape
  • Introduction - Ethan M. Kreiswirth, PhD, ATC

    Kinesiology Tape was invented in the 1970’s by Japanese chiropractor Kenzo Kase, since then it’s been used by athletes around the globe and has been the subject of countless studies and research. In this article we will focus on tape applications for pain reduction and overall joint support while...

  • Knees - Ethan M. Kreiswirth, PhD, ATC

    When it comes to taping the knees, tape applications are for pain reduc - JJM 360 Issue 1.1 tion and overall joint support while training. Taping can also produce reduction of acute swelling. Taping an injured knee joint will allow for nervous system support and increased awareness of treatment a...

  • Shoulder - Ethan M. Kreiswirth, PhD, ATC

    Like the knee, shoulder taping applications are for pain reduction and overall joint support while training. Additionally, reduction of acute swelling has been seen with various taping techniques with kinesiology tape.
    - JJM 360 Issue 1.1

  • Foot Arch - Ethan M. Kreiswirth, PhD, ATC

    On the foot taping is used to support fallen arch or arch that lacks control during loaded position. Also used for shin splints and foot tendinopathies (plantar fasciitis, posterior tibial tendon pain).
    - JJM 360 Issue 1.1

  • Lower Back - Ethan M. Kreiswirth, PhD, ATC

    Lower back pain can be a very nagging injury with multiple possible causes. Taping of the back is done for pain reduction and overall joint support while training. Additionally, reduction of acute swelling has been seen with various taping techniques with kinesiology tape. Skin contact with tap...

  • Final Thoughts - Ethan M. Kreiswirth, PhD, ATC

    Kinesiology tape is merely an adjunct to treatment. It does not replace medical evaluation, physical therapy, and bodywork. Use of tape to create a window of opportunity to decrease pain and increase motion is an excellent way to create the capacity of movement and exercise when warranted. Whet...