Kinesiology Taping is a precise rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints. This technique allows the body’s normal range of motion as well as providing extending soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Kinesio tape is latex-free and hypoallergenic which makes it “skin friendly” for patients with sensitive or fragile skin; such as, patients with diabetes, fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis.
Kinesio tape was developed in an effort to decrease pain, decrease edema (swelling), assist muscle function and ultimately improve joint function. It was designed to simulate human skin in thickness and weight. In addition, it has an elastic component that allows it to stretch 30% to 40% beyond its original length. Based upon years of clinical use, kinesiology tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The findings of the clinical assessment dictate the specifics of the kinesiology tape application as well as indicate if other treatments or modalities are needed. Kinesiology tape can be applied in many different ways and has proven to be effective in treating a wide variety of issues.
Here are a list of some of those issues:
- Post-surgical edema to promote lymphatic drainage Treatment of muscle spasms and muscle weakness Muscle Reeducation
- Pelvic Cross Syndrome Upper Cross Syndrome
- Re-educate the neuromuscular system Reduce pain and inflammation Enhance performance
- Prevent injury
- Promote good circulation and healing
- Assist in body homeostasis (its natural balanced, healthy and pain-free state)
Although the exact mechanism by which proprioceptive taping is effective is unclear, its clinical effects are significant and immediate especially in relieving pain, promoting altered movement patterns, and allowing earlier progression of rehabilitation. Taping, in conjunction with manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and patient education, is a useful adjunct in treating muscle imbalances and impaired movement patterns. (Portions of this research was taken from Rehabilitation of the Spine, 2007.)
If you want to learn more about Kinesiology Taping and see if it is right for you, please contact Peninsula RSI Chiropractic Wellness Center to set up an appointment for your own evaluation.