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Did you know Kinesiology Tape (K tape) was created by a Japanese Chiropractor?

Updated: Jul 22, 2023

Kinesio Tape and the Kinesio Taping Method were the brainchild of Dr. Kase’s belief that he could create a device that could help his patients find pain relief,

heal the body naturally and in turn give them a better quality of life.


It all starts with the power of a human touch.


In the early 1970s, while treating elderly arthritis patients, Dr. Kenzo Kase became frustrated with the limitations of the available treatment methods. He found he could get the patient’s joint into a position that was less painful and more able to follow normal use, but as soon as they went home they would return to their old habits and painful positioning. Dr. Kase wanted to be able to treat them for a longer period of time.


If only he could find a way to send his hands home with them.


He tried to use tape the joint in position. The tape that was available for medical use was stiff and rigid. Patients received some benefit from the taping, but it had bad side effects: skin problems and rashes and other painful results. And the tape was so stiff that in many cases they could not move the joint at all. This was not a way to get better.


That was when Dr. Kase realized that the existing tapes were not going to solve the problem. He worked with product engineers and went through a long process of trying different qualities. Eventually they had a tape that was flexible enough to preserve range of motion, but lightweight and hypo-allergenic to stay on the skin without causing a rash. The new tape imitated the thickness and resilience of human skin.


Based on the principal of releasing the body’s natural healing power – anyone can use Kinesio tape to help improve recovery and reduce pain. Dr Kase’s unique method is used by famous athletes to deal with injuries, by elderly people managing joint pain, and by surgeons to speed post-surgical healing. Tens of thousands of trained medical and therapeutic practitioner’s worldwide use Kinesio Medical Taping which is the product of 40 years of evolution based on continuous research and clinical validation. We believe that people with passion to live different can change the world. Live Different is a core value of our company. Kinesio live different means making life easier for anyone who utilizes our 4 different tapes which are designed to achieve optimal patient results based on the condition being treated.

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