By Heidi Glaus
St. Louis (KSDK) - Chances are you've seen it on one athlete or another, on knees, shoulders, shins, you get the idea and well not many people know the slightly sticky stuff known as Kinesio Tape better than Dr. Scott Hainz.
"It was one of the first elastic therapeutic tapes made," explained Hainz.
He not only uses the tape on patients, but teaches other trainers around the country how to use it.
"There's ligament techniques, there's tendon techniques, there's muscle techniques, there's corrective techniques, there's lymphatic techniques," Hainz said.
It's pain relieving practice that's been around for more than 30 years.
"We work to normalize muscle tension or to help injured muscles. The idea is if you had some swelling in your forearm I would put this on to help that," Hainz said as he demonstrated.
You can expect to see plenty of it at the Olympics which is why Hainz is packing his bags.
"There's actually going to be a team of five of us to go. We're there as advisors to those who are treating people," Hainz said.
The truth is these days the colorful accessory isn't just for athletes.
"Eighty-five percent of the taping now is not athletic. My post mastectomy patients and such where they've lost lymph nodes and they get swelling in their arms we'll use this for that," Hainz explained.
But it's the professional athletes and Olympians who bring a little more attention to the tape. So as you sit on your couch watching the Olympics you no longer have to wonder what in the world it is.