Kinesiology Tape

Kinesio Tape Information

Kinesio Tape microscopically lifts the skin away from the muscle and fascia, which decompresses the area and reduces swelling while distributing physical stress and delaying fatigue. The tape signals the central nervous system through the skin’s nerves, which provides powerful feedback to minimize pain and cue form; making it a great addition to enhance the benefits of one of Dr. Rachel Settles’s adjustments.

Turns down the volume on pain

More specifically, it runs interference on pain. Tape on the skin can interfere with painful signals which are directed to the brain.

When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it does not produce the sensation of pain. When kinesiology tape is properly applied, many customers call it “magic” or think that it fixed their injury instantly.  In fact, it helps to change how your body interprets pain, turning down the pain “volume” that your body hears.

Decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation

When the tape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers.  This allows the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.

Delays fatigue

Research has shown that Kinesio Tape on skin can attenuate muscle fatigue. In rehab, this is very important, not only for the parts of your body that are currently hurting, but also for the surrounding areas as they help to pick up the slack for muscles that are currently not working well.

Normalizes muscle tone

When someone is injured, fatigued, sick, or inflamed, the symphony of muscle action that normally takes place with great accuracy often falls out of tune.  This can happen all over the body.  For instance, research has shown that people who sprain their ankle tend to have altered activity of their hip muscle as a result.  Tape helps bring dormant muscle back to life and help calm down the overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.

It distributes physical stress

Unlike conventional taping, which prevents movement – the tape used at N8 Chiropractic & Wellness allows for full movement of a taped area.  Through elastic properties and quick recoil, the tape that we use can help distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones.  Research shows that tape with a 180% elasticity allows the athlete fuller and better range of motion. Most other tapes only offer a 130-150% stretch.  When wearing tape with less stretch, you will feel like you’ve been bound – we don’t believe that’s what anyone wants to feel when you’re walking much less being active.


Kinesio Tape Tips

  • Trim the edges of the tape as it loses its adhesive
  • Remove gently and naturally by washing with Diluted Citrus Essential Oil (or Lemon Juice) and Baking Soda


Kinesio Tape for Enhancing Your Next Event/Activity

The tape that Dr. Rachel uses on her patients was created for the heat of competition, and it is tested at a lab in the Santa Cruz mountains until it meets the most superior standards.


Kinesio Tape Research Studies

Impact of Kinesio Taping application on pregnant women suffering from pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain.

The effect of kinesio taping on lower trunk range of motions.

Kinesio Taping Improves Perceptions of Pain and Function of Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis.

The Effect of Kinesio Taping on Handgrip and Active Range of Motion of Hand in Children with Cerebral Palsy.