Sunday, December 15, 2013

What is Kinesio Taping?

There has been much attention given lately to the importance of muscle function and to the idea of treating the muscles as a means of activating the body's own healing process. It was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped though external support, such as the use of an elastic tape. Application of Kinesio Tape creates an innovative approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs. Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioners can most accurately and efficiently assess and treat by encouraging the body’s natural healing processes. Kinesio Tape can reduce the need for medication to assist with tissue healing and management of the pain cycle.

Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body's own natural healing process that offers a gentle and effective approach. Kinesio Tape can be used in the re-education of the neuromuscular system, improvement of circulation, assistance with pain relief, and providing support and stability. Muscles not only command the movements of the body, but also control the circulation of blood and lymph fluids. With irritation to a muscle group, the space between the skin and muscle is compressed which results in constriction of lymphatic fluid flow and pressure to pain receptors beneath the skin. Compression of these receptors will communicate "discomfort signals" to the brain, which the person experiences as PAIN. Conventional athletic tape is designed to restrict the movement and compress affected muscles and joints. As mentioned, this pressure will result in the obstruction of the flow of bodily undesirable side-effect. On the other hand, Kinesio Taping is based on a different philosophy that aims to give free range of motion in order to allow the body's muscular system to heal itself.

Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without limiting circulation or range of motion. It is also used for preventive maintenance, edema control, and pain management within the joint. Kinesio Taping can benefit beyond conventional taping techniques, without many of the drawbacks seen with these same techniques. It is these benefits that have drawn athletes to seek the assistance of Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioners.

The Kinesio Taping method requires a tape that is skin friendly, possesses optimum elastic qualities, is the same thickness as the skin, is durable enough to stay on multiple days even through sweat and showers, and offers support 24 hours a day. Kinesio Tape is made of latex-free, hypoallergenic materials that can be used with almost all skin types. Kinesio Tape has many applications that include but are not limited to: Carpal tunnel syndrome, shoulder impingment, lower back strain/pain, hamstring and groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post-surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury, and as a joint support.

For questions and treatment options, feel free to contact one of the Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioners at Kevin Snider Physical Therapy. Your local Anderson, Cottonwood, and Redding area PT office.


Traci Baseley PTA, CKTP

Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner


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