"Kinesiotape is a flexible tape product designed to reduce swelling, facilitate or inhibit muscle activation, and provide feedback about your body"s position and movement. It comes in a variety of colors, lengths, and cuts. Latex-free and hypoallergenic, Kinesiotape can be applied and left in place for several days at a time. This holds true even for showering, swimming, or rigorous exercise.
Unlike Kinesiotape, rigid "strapping" tapes such as athletic tape and Leukotape limit physiological movement, supporting or re-positioning and holding certain bones and joints in place. These tapes can be especially useful in providing immediate pain relief during certain aggravating movements by re-educating the neuromuscular system to perform the movement with proper mechanics. The tape is typically applied following a base tape to protect the skin and can stay on for up to 2 days, depending on patient tolerance.
In some situations, taping is either not supportive enough or not feasible to repeat as often as is necessary. These circumstances warrant the use of a brace, strap, or orthotics. Some examples include sacroiliac belts (SI belts), ankle braces, knee braces with a lateral buttress, shoe inserts, or heel lifts.
Any taping or bracing we recommend is intended to be a short-term solution to aid in your recovery. They allow you to tolerate the activities you have to or want to participate in while simultaneously working to correct the mechanics that are the source of your symptoms."