Based on my 10 years of experience in using kinesiology taping or Kinesio Tape, I have come to find it to be very effective both on a personal level for various injuries and professionally for my patients, including not only strains and sprains but also conditions like back pain, rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis to name a few.
Kinesio taping works on 3 levels
- by assisting in reducing inflammation of injured tissue,
- providing a mild level of support to the muscles around an injured joint,
- and providing kinesthetic stimulation of nervous system receptors to reduce pain.
While there is not much in the way of published research articles, clinical trials effectively support the use of the tape. In my experience the vast majority (over 90%) of people who have the tape applied, feel it provides a benefit. I would argue that any product providing such a high rate of improvement far exceeds simply placebo.
Notice the photo of a person who has sustained a large contusion(bruise), you can clearly see where the tape was applied healed more rapidly. No question the tape has a beneficial effect in injury healing and support. Next time you have an injury consider trying kinesiotaping applied by a certified professional like myself. It is both cost effective and can be very beneficial in recovering form your injury.