What does “Kinesio Taping” mean?
Kinesiology is the study of human movement and this unique type of tape helps improve movements when injured.
Where cutting edge technology meets old-school pain management, you’ll find an innovative remedy such as Kinesio Taping. The process uses elastic therapeutic tape, which is exponentially more stretchable than traditional types of elastic bandage and has therapeutic properties to help reduce swelling, support the injured area, increase mobility, and return you to the activities you enjoy faster.
Once this tape is stretched out and secured around the problematic area, the tape will exert a therapeutic pulling force, while still allowing you free range of motion.
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 wicks moisture away. That means that sweating and getting the area wet (pool, shower, bathing, etc.) isn’t as much of an issue as it was with the “ace” bandages injured athletes and other patients were once given.
What is the science behind Kinesio taping?
The pulling action achieved through Kinesio taping helps hold the problem joints and muscles in place as you move through your daily routines. 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 lessens swelling and speeds healing. Some evidence suggests that the tape’s exceptional holding abilities also help to correct misaligned muscles and ligaments.
Of course, it’s not just the fabric itself that results in these benefits. Physical therapists are trained in various wrapping techniques, depending on the site of the injury or chronic pain, as well as the specific problem. 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 in order to promote healing. 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?
When properly applied by a certified physical therapist — and after the patient has been carefully evaluated — Kinesio taping often allows active individuals to get back to the things they enjoy in life – daily tasks, recreational activities, sports, etc. Other injured patients find their daily activities made easier, with the support of the taping holding tender areas in place, and preventing over-use of problematic joints and muscles.
Common conditions our trained physical therapists often treat with Kinesio taping include:
- Back Strain/Pain
- Neck aches and Headaches
- Shoulder Strain/Pain
- Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
- Hip Bursitis
- Knee Tendinitis
- Ankle Sprains and Achilles Tendinitis
If any of these complaints sound similar to yours, Call Our Office Today for an immediate Appointment. Our expert team is ready to help you get back in the game of life.