Balance taping is a method for providing structural and functional balance to the body by simply and accurately evaluating structural and functional imbalances of muscles or joints, locally or across the whole body, and applying kinesiology tape to areas that cause pain or muscular or joint dysfunction.1)

Balance Taping literally involves applying tape to the skin for pain relief and functional improvement. Worldwide, there are many different types of tapes and taping methods. Most taping methods correspond to the disease, but the causes and symptoms of a disease also vary with the individual. Therefore, Balance Taping methods should also vary. The mechanisms of knee pain differ when a subject ascends or descends stairs. Balance Taping methods for knee pain should differ depending on the mechanism of the knee pain. Therefore, basic understanding of the movements of the patella, femur, tibia, meniscus, and pelvis is necessary.

Balance Taping produces good results when the practitioner has a correct knowledge of basic anatomy. Balance Taping is divided into two courses; the basic Balance Taping course is easy to understand, and even beginners can learn the technique in a relatively short period of time through training with a book of clinical applications; the professional Balance Taping course requires more understanding of functional anatomy and basic biomechanics of the muscles and joints. Professional Balance Taping uses the principles of originative assessment and treatment. Balance Taping methods to limit the movement of muscles and joints are used to manage acute pain, in which muscle and joint movements are improper. Therefore, the time to natural healing in painful movement conditions is shortened by Balance Taping. 1) In addition, Balance Taping should be performed on wider areas around the pain site when it is difficult to confirm the precise location at which pain originates. The area of tape application should be narrowed and precise to relieve more moderate pain.

In the recovery stage, retraining of normal muscle and joint movements is necessary. Therefore, Balance Taping should be applied to guide correct movement by the muscles and joints. In addition, the precise identification of targeted muscles and joints is necessary. The tape should be applied to the exact anatomical areas causing pain.
1) Lee JH, Choi SW. Balace Taping: Clinical Application of Elastic Therapeutic Tape for Musculoskeletal Disorders. Paju: WE TAPE. 2016.
2) Kim BJ, Lee JH. Efficacy of kinesiology taping for recovery from occupational wrist disorders experienced by a physical therapist. J Phys Ther Sci. 2014;26:941-943.