Dr. Kenzo Kaze, a Japanese chiropractor, invented Kinesio Tape over 30 years ago. After spending over 2 decades in relative obscurity, the appearance of the tape on several scantily clad athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics led to an explosion in its use around the world. Since then, KinesioTape has become a household word and is used by both medical professionals and consumers to treat sports injuries and health conditions involving pain, inflammation and muscle activation.
Less well known is the Kinesio Taping Method, a collection of application principles and techniques developed by Dr. Kaze to educate people on the proper use of the tape. Although the basic application of Kinesio Tape is relatively simple, there are certain principles that must be followed to ensure optimal results. In addition, those with medical training can learn advanced techniques for a wide variety of more complex medical issues.
Although the internet is awash with videos and application instructions for a host of injuries and body parts, information on the official Kinesio Taping Method is only available from a small collection of official KinesioTaping resources and certification programs. Following is an overview of the resources available for purchase by health professionals or the general public.
Kinesio Taping Instruction Manuals for Consumers
Originally published in 1996, this is one of the older KinesioTaping manuals. It’s black and white photographs appear a bit dated, but the information is presented in clear, simple terms that anyone can understand and follow. Step by step taping instructions are grouped according to body part, and focus on common physical complaints, including such conditions as jaw pain, nasal congestion, Charley horse, rounded shoulders, broken ribs and menstrual cramps.
Softcover, 6″ x 8″, 132 pages with black/white photos
This manual uses somewhat more advanced medical terminology in describing injuries and anatomical locations, but the taping instructions are simple and clearly explained. Black and white illustrations clearly depict the areas to be taped and the tape application. Rather than focusing on specific injuries or health conditions, this book is organized by body part, describing general taping principles for specific muscle groups. The 7-page introduction explains basic Kinesio Taping theory and techniques, as well as how KinesioTaping works.
Softcover, 8.5 x 11″ spiral bound, 107 pages with b/w illustrations
KinesioTaping Resources for Health Professionals
The largest of the KinesioTaping manuals, this technical manual presents advanced kinesiology taping concepts using detailed medical and anatomical terminology. A comprehensive introduction outlines the 7 different corrective taping techniques and the 6 basic applications including Y-Strip, I-Strip, X-Strip, fan strip, web strip and donut strip.. This is followed by detailed, step-by-step instructions for an extensive list of conditions, organized by body part.
Softcover, 8.5″ x 11″, spiral bound, 249 pages with black/white photos
As the title indicates, this instruction manual provides in-depth coverage of therapeutic taping for issues related to the lymphatic system. Conditions covered include lymphedema, acute or chronic swelling, pitting edema, indurated tissue, scar tissue, contusions and chronic venous conditions. Basic taping techniques for common sports injuries are also presented, making this one of Kinesio’s most comprehensive taping resources.
Softcover, 8.5″ x 11″, Spiral Bound, 172 pages with color photos
This comprehensive yet user-friendly manual was developed for pediatric therapists and medical practitioners. It covers conditions that affect children from infancy through adolescence, including birth injuries, neurological deficits, muscle tone issues, postural imbalances and more. Full color photographs accompany detailed step-by-step taping instructions for a wide variety of taping techniques and medical conditions.
Softcover, 8.5″ x 11″, Spiral Bound, 218 pages with color photos
This DVD provides an introduction to the theory and practice of KinesioTaping for medical professionals. Presented by Certified Kinesio Taping instructor, Jim Wallis, viewers are guided through the proper selection and application of appropriate Kinesio Taping techniques.
Run Time: 41 minutes