Kinesio Tape K-Active Brand is a cotton stretch elastic sports tape now widely used by physios in the UK for the prevention and treatment of sports injuries. The leading UK brands are Levotape, Rock Tape and K-Active from Germany. Kinesio taping techniques differ dramatically from the mechanical methods of Athletic Taping with rigid zinc oxide tape .
Kinesio Tape K-Active Brand is a thin cotton elasticated tape with an acrylic adhesive and backing paper.
The original Kinesio tape was manufactured in Japan by Nitto Denko using medical grade acrylic adhesive applied in a wave pattern with the option of waterproof or non-waterproof cotton cloth. The cloth was designed to be approximately the thickness of the skin and was breathable.
When Kinesio decided to move production to China in 2006, Nitto Denko continued to produce the original tape under the brand K-Active, now distributed from Germany by Siggi Breitenbach.
Over the intervening years popularity of Kinesio Tape K-Active Brand has soared, and it is now a mainstream physiotherapy technique, and can be seen to be used by top sportsmen. Kinesio Taping has become a standard treatment method among many physiotherapists and similar professions during the past few years. Originally Kinesio Taping was developed by Kenzo Kase in the 70’s when he found out that moving the skin affects the range of motion and pain. The method received attention in the Olympic Games in Soul 1988 and spread to Europe from North America in the late 90’s. With the development of taping techniques, Kinesio Taping is nowadays used in many areas of physiotherapy, including musculoskeletal problems, management of scar tissue, lymph oedema and pediatry. In sports circles.
The most typical application of Kinesio Taping is to increase the painless range of motion and muscular power. The method can be used to support the body’s own healing process.