Everyone ALWAYS asks me, HOW does it work?
Believe it or not, for many years practitioners using any form of kinesio-tape weren’t sure exactly how it worked. They used experience, education, and intuition based upon the understanding that there is fluid circulating and lubricating the tissues that lie below the surface of the skin. Most practitioners, including non-surgical physicians never see this fluid process.
The great chiropractic physician Kenzo Kase developed the technique of kinesiology-taping through his intuitive sense that by lifting the skin, there would be more space created, allowing fluid to circulate. “As this space is created, compression of the tissues is alleviated, fluid begins circulating more freely, and body tissues can cool as stagnated blood and lymph are dispersed. Space, movement, cooling.”
Furthermore, the revolutionary work of Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau, a French surgeon, who has captured the extra-cellular matrix and what the trauma of injury and scarring actually looks like through the use of a highly sophisticated endoscope. Because of this ground-breaking work, we can now (as therapists) make a treatment plan based upon objectivity rather than intuition.
The beauty of living matter is inescapable! There is no such thing as empty space between tissues. All the spaces are filled with what Dr. Guimberteau describes as “moist, transparent veils of connective tissue.” Thanks to the endoscope we can now study human tissue in life and in motion as opposed to in its static cadaveric form.