Kinesio tape stick-on solution in Olympic 2008

August 15th, 2008 - 12:07 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

kenesip TapeOriginally used by Japanese Olympic volleyball players and quickly spread to other top athletes in Olympic 2008 such as Lance Armstrong, Serena Williams, David Beckam, Robby Ginepri and Justine Henin and that is how Kinesio Tape becomes hot topic to talk about in the time of Olympic.

The Kinesio tape originated in Japan about three decades ago by Dr. Kenzo Kase, the tape is made of a porous cotton fabric with a medical grade acrylic adhesive. A technique basically based on the body’s own natural healing process, gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It reduces pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is also used for Preventive Maintenance, Edema, and Pain Management.

“There is a method to the madness,” says John Jarvis, director of the Kinesio Taping Association, a division of Albuquerque,-based Kinesio USA, a company which imports Kinesio tape from Japan for sale in the USA and Canada.

In 2003, Tour de France champion Lance, Armstrong said his team used “a special hot-pink athletic tape that came from Japan and seemed to have magical powers.”

Armstrong added: “Sometimes we’d be so wrapped up in hot-pink tape that we’d look like dolls, a bunch of broken dolls But the tape worked, so we kept it, because it could fix things.”

NBC also reported that Kerri Walsh, an American professional beach volleyball player had a recent rotator cuff surgery last November. She uses the black shoulder tape for better circulation and her shoulder pain.

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