Vivomed has been in the forefront of developing the Kinesiology Taping training courses and supplies in the UK and Ireland for over 8 years.
The Kinesiology Taping method was created by Dr Kenzo Kase in the late 1970's. In an attempt to optimize his treatment of injuries and acute and chronic illnesses, he experimented with traditional tapes and techniques, but found them limited in their applications. Fundamental to Dr Kase's development of the Taping technique was the study of the muscles and skin. Dr Kase was intriqued by the skin and its function as the body's largest reflex organ. He was also able to see that the muscles not only reacted to environmental changes, but also theorised in their ability to support the body's own healing and regeneration processes. The muscles, therefore, not only make movement possible, but also effect microcirculation, neuromuscular transmission, etc.
Using the skin as the model Dr Kase endeavoured to create a material which would augment the skin's capacity to transmit stimulating and healing information via the skin's many receptors. He collaborated with the huge Japanese company Nitto Denko to create the tape which was called Kinesio Tape. The tape had a number of unique qualitities not seen before in existing tapes. The medical grade acrylic adhesive for example is applied as a wave to allow the skin to breathe and to help the circulation of sweat and air. This wave pattern was patented in Japan by Nitto Denko. However in December 2006 the Kinesio organisation took the decision to stop using the tape manufactured by Nitto Denko and source their tape outside Japan.
In an effort to maintain supplies of the original tape European practitioners founded K-Active Europe. K-Active Europe now import the original tape from Japan so maintaining the top quality product for european practitioners.