You may have seen professional athletes, dancers, gymnasts and others who engage in extremely physical activities using a type of tape on various points of their bodies. It is sometimes coloured and does not seem to inhibit range of motion. While it looks like tape, or maybe a very fancy bandage, it is actually a highly technical, specialised tape that is used to treat patients of all ages and activity levels.
It is called Kinesio tape (K Tape) and it is often used by chiropractors to help treat certain injuries. The tape is hypoallergenic and latex free so it is appropriate for a very wide audience. It is also water resistant, making it wearable for many activities. When worn, the tape does not limit or inhibit range of motion and the same tape can be worn for several days without losing its effectiveness.
The tape can stimulate or relax muscles, depending on the tension that it puts on the body when applied. When worn, it lifts the skin by microscopic increments which aids in lymphatic drainage. It also helps to decrease inflammation and swelling which reduces pressure in the area. This allows the blood and lymphatic fluid to flow freer and more effectively in and out of the affected area. When used correctly, Kinesio Tape can reduce inflammation, promote better circulation, prevent injury, facilitate healing, the re-educate the neuromuscular system. This helps the body return to homeostasis.
There are many conditions throughout the body that can benefit from Kinesio taping. We use it for:
Lower back strain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Rotator cuff injury
Athletes may also use it for additional support or to prevent injury.
K Taping You may have seen professional athletes, dancers, gymnasts and others who engagein extremely physical activities using a type of tape on various points of their bodies. It is sometimes coloured and does not seem to inhibit range of motion. While it looks like tape, or maybe a very fancy bandage, it is actually […]
The primary healthcare practitioner uses manual therapies such as manipulation of the spine and extremity joints, soft tissue work, acupuncture, stretching and strengthening exercises, rehabilitation and postural and lifestyle advice.