Physical therapists sometimes use kinesiology tape as part of an injured person's overall treatment plan. However, according to the American Physical Therapy Association - kinesiology tape is most effective when used with other therapies, such as manual therapy.
Dr. Megann Schooley said, "We used kinesiology tape to decrease pain and swelling. It is always used as an adjunct to what we are trying to accomplish."
Some athletes use tapes to help them achieve peak performance and prevent some injuries when competing in special competitions.
"A lot of runners use this tape every time they run a marathon," DR Schooley says. "Sometimes we put the tapes along the hips to wake up the muscle and remind it to keep working. Or weightlifters use it on the knuckles to Concentration to the peak. There are many things like that, and many athletes have benefited from this one invention.