Short history of Kinesio Taping

After several years of studies, researches and clinical tests, the Japanese doctor Kenzo Kase laid out the bases of a method he called Kinesio Tape, in 1973, the official patent and launching taking place in 1979. Keen on improving the results of the previous taping methods, doctor Kase intended to preserve the effects of the old tapes, which offered support and stability, while adding an extra revolutionary feature which would allow the range of movement, avoid the blood flow obstruction in the application areas, ensure support to muscular fascia and consistently contribute to the healing of traumatized regions. Additionally, on top of the support for the beneficiary muscles and joints, they would also ensure lymphatic drainage, as well as an alternative “chromotherapeutic” effect induced by the specific colors of the tapes. At the same time, the efficiency of these tapes is generated by the stimulation of the neurologic system, bearing beneficial effects on the level of the thermal balance of the body.

For 10 years, most users of kinesio tapes were orthopedists, acupuncturists and Japanese doctors, but the Olympic volley team of Japan then started to use them, which lead to the rapid spread of this method to other professional athletes.

It was on the occasion of the Olympic Games from Seoul, in 1988, that kinesio taping came out as method of treatment and rapid recovery of athletes, undergoing skyrocketing popularity and being increasingly used by professional athletes. During the Beijing Olympic Games, in 2008, the kinesio tapes were used by most of the participating athletes, including the titans of worldwide sports arena: sisters Venus and Serena in tennis; Michael Phelps, the most awarded athlete in swimming; Kerri Walsh in beach volley, etc. In his autobiographical book, “Every Second Counts”, Lance Armstrong, the controversial cyclist, dedicates an entire chapter to the Kinesio Taping method, explaining its major benefits.

An important moment in the short history of the use of kinesio tapes is the one when football player David Beckham, back then wearing the insignia of Real Madrid, was caught by photographers wearing such tapes applied on his lumbar areas. From that moment on, according to Dr. Juan Carlos Hernandez’s declaration, spokesman of Real Madrid, “everybody went crazy, though other players of Real were already using kinesio tapes, for more than one year, even before Beckham started to”.

In Romania, the first football team to use kinesio tapes was Dinamo Bucharest, in 2009, the likes of Claudiu Niculescu and Ianis Zicu counting as some of the players highly satisfied with the effects of this method.