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Kinesio Taping for sports people
October 13, 2011

Kinesio Taping was first brought to the world's attention in 2007 when David Beckham wore it in pink for a back injury when he was playing for Real Madrid.  Since then, Kinesio Taping's healing properties have largely been spread by word of mouth amongst athletes and trainers who swear by it.

In his book, "Every Second Counts", cyclist Lance Armstrong refers to Kinesio Tape as "Something better than any laser, wrap, or electric massager."  In 2010, physiotherapists from all of the UK Premiership football clubs were trained in the Kinesio Taping technique and earlier this year Kinesio Taping was officially endorsed by Tottenham Hotspur footballer, Welsh International and PFA Player of the Year, Gareth Bale.

Now High Street store Boots has come on board and is selling "pre-cut" Kinesio Taping in convenient, light weight packs at £5.99 each for lower back, neck, shoulder, knee and foot injuries. 

Traditionally, athletic tapes were wound around injuries to form a stiff bandage that would immobilize a joint or muscle. By comparison, the 100% cotton Kinesio Taping which comes in bright, funky colours, is light, fully waterproof, comfortable and modelled on the thickness and elasticity of real skin. 

Mhairi Burke, Head Physiotherapist at Greenock Wanderers RFC says: "I've been using Kinesio Tape for three years on a range of injuries on the back, neck, quadriceps, calf and ankles. It significantly reduces recovery time, sometimes by at least a week or more."

Lee Clark physiotherapist to the British Endurance Riding Team, who treats both the riders and the horses with Kinesio Taping, has been using it to great effect on the horses too. He says: " The studies so far show without doubt that it helps horses to recover from their injuries more quickly. It's definitely in my equine first aid kit as well as my human kit now." 

The Kinesio Taping technique was originally developed by chiropractor Dr Kenzo Kase in Japan over 30 years ago and was brought to the UK in 2007. Kinesio Taping has also been used for many years in the NHS for effective treatment of Lymphodema - swelling of the arms, hands and legs."

Managing Director of Kinesio Taping UK, Kevin Anderson says: "For our pre-cut range, Boots staff have been fully trained on Kinesio Taping's application and benefits. Kinesio-trained practitioners, including physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and sports therapists will also be explaining and demonstrating its uses to shoppers in store."

For more information, go to or call 0191 287 7008.

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