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Kenesio taping does it work

Discussion in 'Biomechanics, Sports and Foot orthoses' started by damien101, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. damien101

    damien101 Member

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    had a student in today asking about kenesio taping after reading a little bit about it i could not help but noptice that the method of action is not understood but some of the claims seem to be really weird and does not have a proper physiological basis please enlighten me :confused:
  2. Griff

    Griff Moderator

  3. I use it fairly regularly for patients coming into to get orthotics. I felt bad sometimes when patients would come in who are in alot of pain and I assess and cast their feet however they still have to wait at least a week before they can get their orthotics so they can start having some relief. This is where the tape comes in to help bridge that time gap. The tape helps with the pain as well as decreases inflammation substantially over the course of a few days while the patients wait to get there orthotics manufactured. Once the orthotics are worn they don't usually need the tape anymore.

    I also use it alot of athletes (mostly runners) during events and they find that it helps alot. There is some technique required to put the tape on properly for certain conditions but it isn't rocket science, very quick to learn.
  4. Paul Bowles

    Paul Bowles Well-Known Member

    Not really - labs can turn orthotics around in 24hrs...you or your patient just has to pay more. In the meantime NSAIDs, ice, modiication of activity regimes or paracetamol works wonders!

    But you don't need expensive kinesiotape to do this do you? ZO with hypafix will do the same thing! Or oral diclofenac. Or more supportive footwear. Or rest. The list goes on....

    Hence my point above - support is support in the patients you are referring to $30 Kinesiotape support is no different $3 ZO support. I guess what I am referring to here is the "cost" of medicine. Some of it (rightly or wrongly) is getting prohibitive....solely at the detriment to the patient. We need to consider this carefully as providers and ensure our patients are getting evidence based management plans at cost effective rates.
  5. I don't use labs to make my orthotics, I literally custom make them myself so that I have complete control throughout the process. The cost of using kineisotape in my clinic is very minimal, it costs roughly $16 Canadian for a roll which is enough for a dozen tape jobs and I include it in the overall cost of the assessment/casting/orthotics.

    Most of my patients don't have the luxury to rest or take time off work, they like kinesio tape because it's non-invasive and it helps them move and perform through their range of motion without pain temporarily while my orthotics are being made for them. Pills often have side-effects and have limited life and is more expensive to the patient, kinesio tape lasts for days and has no adverse effects on the body...it promotes natural healing.
  6. drdebrule

    drdebrule Active Member

    Is there any evidence that using kinesio tape for a low-dye plantar strapping is more effective than using the generic medical tape reinforced with some generic Coban? Is the kinesio tape easier to work with or less likely to cause skin reaction?
  7. Craig Payne

    Craig Payne Moderator

    No. See this: Kinesio Tape or Low Dye Tape for Plantar Fasciitis

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