Kinesiology taping is a treatment option if you’ve had an injury or illness that leads to mobility and motor function problems. It involves placing strips of special tape on your body in specific directions to help support your joints, like a knee, ankle, or wrist, as well as muscles and tendons.
Kinesiology tape is used to facilitate motion and inhibit pain and spasm, while athletic tape is used for support and to limit motion, typically because of existing pain. It is a flexible material that moves when you move; athletic tape is relatively inflexible. It also helps to improve lymph transport and increase circulation. The tight binding nature of athletic tape serves to decrease circulation.