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Kinesio Taping

Where cutting edge technology meets old-school pain management, you’ll find an innovative remedy called kinesio taping. This process uses elastic therapeutic tape that is exponentially more stretchable than traditional types of elastic bandages. Plus it contains therapeutic properties to help reduce swelling, support the injured area, increase mobility, and return you to the activities that you enjoy most. Whether you are an elite athlete, weekend warrior, or a geriatric patient, kinesio taping has been beneficial for a variety of individuals.

What does “kinesio taping” mean ?

Kinesio comes from the word kinesiology, which is the study of human movement.  This unique tape provides patients with the comfort and increase in mobility needed to move while injured. Once this tape is stretched out and secured around the problematic area, the tape will exert a therapeutic pulling force, while still allowing free range of motion.

How does kinesio taping work?

The acrylic adhesive component in kinesio tape is activated by body heat, meaning that as soon as your physical therapist applies and rubs the taping system on, it will begin working. The cotton fibers that comprise the tape material also wick moisture away, meaning that sweating and getting the area wet (pool, shower, bathing, etc.) isn’t a problem like it is with “ace” bandages.

The pulling action achieved through kinesio taping helps hold the problem joints and muscles in place as you move through your daily routine. As you’re doing so, the tape draws skin away from the muscles, allowing crucial fluids and blood to circulate more freely. This improved circulation decreases swelling and speeds up healing. Some evidence also suggests that the tape’s exceptional holding abilities help to correct misaligned muscles and ligaments.

Of course, it’s not just the fabric itself that results in these benefits. Our physical therapists are trained in various wrapping techniques, depending on the site of the injury and/or chronic pain,  providing you with optimal care. Determining the exact placement and shaping of the kinesio tape, along with which direction the “pull” should go, are all part of the skill needed to promote healing with kinesio tape. For example, certain injuries call for Y-shaped or X-shaped applications, while smaller, more fragile areas heal better with an I-shaped wrapping.

 

 

What problems can kinesio taping treat?

  • Back strain/pain
  • Neck aches and headaches
  • Shoulder strain/pain
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Hip bursitis
  • Knee tendinitis
  • Ankle sprains and achilles tendinitis
  • Many more!

 

If any of the problems listed above sound familiar to you or you want want to give kinesio tape a try, then call our office today to schedule an appointment. Our experienced team of physical therapists are ready to help you get back to the activities that you love to do.