History and Background

Kinesio cannot be understood without understanding our story. Dr. Kenzo Kase developed the Kinesio Taping Method in the 1970s to fill a void in the treatment options that were available at that time. He was searching for a way to facilitate the body’s natural healing process and prolong the benefits of his treatment after his patients left his clinic. Through his education as a chiropractor, his innate ability to sense internal pain and dysfunction through the skin and his creative therapeutic mind, Dr. Kase was able to develop new methods of treating his diagnoses. Among these methods, Kinesio Taping was born.

After developing and refining the Kinesio Taping Method in the late 1970s, his innovation sparked interest throughout the health care community. It wasn’t long before Dr. Kase was asked to share his findings and to provide information so other practitioners could extend the benefits to their own patients. From the very beginning, Dr. Kase grasped the importance of having a community of practitioners and instructors to share their progress and provide a standard for the use of the newly-developing Kinesio Taping Method.

Timeline

  • 1980
    • Established Kase Chiropractic Institute in Kojimachi, Tokyo
    • Founded Kinesio Taping Method
  • 1981
    • Kase Chiropractic Institute moved to Ginza, Tokyo
  • 1982
    • Established Natural Academy of Chiropractic
  • 1983
    • Established Ken Ikai Co., Ltd.
    • Kinesio Taping is made publicly available
  • 1984
    • Established Kinesio Co., Ltd.
    • Established Kinesio Taping Instructor Program
  • 1985
    • Established Kinesio Co., Ltd.
    • Established Kinesio Taping Instructor Program
  • 1988
    • Invented Cryotherapy (cooling treatment) Method
    • Kinesio Tape products placed for sale in stores
  • 1989
    • All Japan National Volleyball Team used Kinesio Taping
  • 1990
    • Invented Muscle Slacking (muscle relaxation treatment) Method
  • 1991
    • Kinesio Taping Seminar held under the direction of the Board of Education
  • 1992
    • Kinesio Taping Seminar held under the direction of the Board of Education
  • 1993
    • Re-designed new building for Natural Academy of Chiropractic in Numabukuro, Tokyo
  • 1994
    • Kinesio Co., Ltd moved to Numabukuro, Tokyo
    • Introduced Kinesio Taping to Asia
  • 1995
    • Instructed Kinesio Taping Method at Atheletic Trainer’s Association, USA
  • 1996
    • Kinesio Co., Ltd. Moved to Yotsuya, Tokyo
    • Introduced Kinesio Taping to Europe
  • 1997
    • Kinesio Taping Theory recognized at spring camp of 7 US Major League Baseball teams
  • 1998
    • Introduced Kinesio Taping to South America
  • 1999
    • The 15th Anniversary Kinesio Taping International Symposium
  • 2001
    • Medicare (US government health insurance) code for Kinesio Taping is established for national reimbursement
  • 2003
    • Equine Experimentation Begins
  • 2008
    • Established Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI)
    • Established Society of Kinesio Taping Therapy(SKITT)
    • Beijing Olympic Support
  • 2009
    • Attended the Kentucky Derby
  • 2010
    • Ski & Snowboard Olympic Team Support
    • Fan-cuts & Pre-cuts were created
    • Rome Symposium
  • 2011
    • Epidermis, Dermis, Fascia taping method (E.D.F.) Invented
  • 2012
    • FP New Evolution Created
    • London Summer
    • Olympic Support
    • Dusseldorf Symposium
  • 2013
    • CKTT Program for
    • Non-medical
  • 2014
    • Sochi Olympic Support
    • Equine Tape is created
    • Polyclinic attended
    • Certified Kinesio Taping Faculty (CKTF) established
  • 2015
    • 30th Symposium, Japan
    • Kinesio University is Established