The effects and beneﬁts of kinesiology tape are numerous and applicable to a wide array of conditions and populations. The geriatric community, those people age 65 and older, is no exception; however, being cautious and utilizing your best judgment on whether or not to tape are paramount.
It’s also critical to understand the affects that aging has on the skin, as well as the neurological aspect of touch, pain and proprioception regardless of activity levels.
On average, people 65 and older have three or more medical conditions, many of which involve chronic pain, according to the report, Chronic Conditions Among Medicare Beneficiaries, published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Furthermore, movement-related difﬁculties such as loss of balance, coordination or proprioception are relatable conditions that may lead to falls.
Given that these types of conditions can signiﬁcantly impact a senior clients’ activities of daily living, the beneﬁts of using kinesiology tape in a massage treatment plan warrants a closer look.