Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. Kinesio Taping is a therapeutic taping technique that supports fascia, muscles, and joints while allowing an unrestricted range of motion.9 Kinesio Tape, or KT, is theorized to help with lymphatic and blood circulation, and therefore reducing pain, inflammation and recovery times. A systematic review by Borchers, et. al reviewed 6 studies that researched the efficacy of Kinesio Taping for musculoskeletal injury.37 The review found insufficient evidence to either support or oppose the use of KT to prevent injury, decrease inflammation and pain not related to injury, and recovery time.37
However, studies have shown that ASTR treatment can decrease inflammation and pain, and can also reduce recovery time for certain injuries. ASTR stands for Advanced Soft Tissue Release, a manual therapy specialty developed by Dr. Joesph Jacobs, DPT. ASTR takes a holistic approach to treating the source of soft tissue restriction in a way that is virtually pain-free and highly effective.
9. Cheatham SW, Lee M, Cain M, et al. : The efficacy of instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization: a systematic review. J Can Chiropr Assoc, 2016, 60: 200–211.
37. Small K, Naughton LM, Matthews M. A Systematic Review into the Efficacy of Static Stretching as Part of a Warm-Up for the Prevention of Exercise-Related Injury. Research in Sports Medicine. 2008;16(3):213-231. doi:10.1080/15438620802310784.37. Borchers et al. A Systematic Review of the Effectiveness of Kinesis Taping for Musculoskeletal Injury