Kinesio taping can have a beneficial effect on:
- acute and chronic back pain (neck, thoracic and lumbar spine)
- Blocking (dislocations) of the spine
- Tennis elbow ("mouse elbow")
- Golfer's elbow
- Extensor tendon compartment irritation (Tendovaginitis de Quervain)
- Muscle and tendon pain in the trunk area
- Shoulder complaints
- Lymphatic congestion (also after operations)
- Wear and tear of the knee joint
- Achilles tendon complaints
- sports injuries such as torn muscle fibers, torn ligaments and stretched ligaments
Kinesio taping involves the use of an elastic tape that is applied to the skin and left there for up to several days.
Generally, three to five tapes are necessary at intervals of five days to a week each.
The Japanese Kenzo Kase developed the special tape and the corresponding adhesive techniques in the early 1970s. Initially, it was mainly used by orthopedists and physiotherapists in Japan. Today, Kinesio-Taping has become indispensable in the performance sector (including numerous Olympic and soccer teams) and in medicine because of its broad spectrum. Look for these tapes on TV or in your environment, like here the German volleyball players at the Olympic Games. The tapes are mainly used in 4 colors: blue, red, pink and skin-colored. They are water resistant, very stretchy and leave no adhesive residue after removal. The acrylic adhesive is activated by heat and has reached its activity after about 30 minutes. You can shower or wash with the tape. Allergies occur very rarely, even for people allergic to the tape.
The 5 cm wide tapes are selected according to the color theory of kinesiology (even if the different color does not show any proven change in effectiveness) and are stuck according to the disease to be treated exactly matching the course of the muscles and tendons to be supported. For this purpose, a pre-tensioning is sometimes necessary. Under heat, the adhesive property is improved.
Applied under pre-tension, the tape promotes circulation and tissue decongestion, improves lymphatic flow, reduces pain by inhibiting pain pathways, and supports muscle and joint function.
Please ask your attending physician about the costs.
Kinesiotaping is not a benefit of the statutory health insurance, not of all health insurances or professional accident insurances. In individual cases, the costs may be covered by the health insurances/insurances. However, these costs are often tax deductible.
For self-payers and privately insured patients, we bill according to the German Medical Fee Schedule (GOÄ).
Studies on Kinesio Taping
Fu T-C, Wong AMK, Pei Y-C, Wu KP, Chou S-W, Lin Y-C .
Effect of Kinesio taping on muscle strengthin athletes – A pilot study.
Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 11:198-201, 2008
Thelen, MD., Dauber, JA and Stoneman., PD
The clinical efficacy of Kinesio tape for shoulder pain: A randomized double-blinded, clinical trial.
Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 38:389-395., 2008