in Beachwood, OH
in Beachwood, OH
What is Kinesio Taping?
At some point recently, you have probably come across someone – maybe an athlete, an Olympian, a pregnant woman or someone with low back pain wearing “colorful tape”. No, it’s not some colorful duct tape – it’s called Kinesio Tape!
Kinesio Tape is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting motion. It is typically used in combination with your manual therapy session, prolonging the effects of your treatment session. When used appropriately through your course of treatment, it allows for the reduction of pain and inflammation, optimizes physical performance, can prevent injuries, and promotes circulation and healing of muscles, tendons and joints.
What Can Kinesio Tape Treat?
- Back Pain/Strains
- Neck Aches
- Knee Pain
- Shoulder Injuries
- Pregnancy Related Discomfort/Pain
- Swelling / Lymphedemia
- Sports Injuries
How Does Kinesio Taping Work?
While taping for injuries is not something new, the principles of Kinesio tape and how it works are very different than previous methods of taping.
Kinesio Tape alleviates pain/ discomfort and facilitates lymphatic drainage (decreased fluid/swelling) by targeting different receptors in our bodies. By applying the tape in accordance with the Kinesio taping principles, it permits ease of movement and lessens restrictions allowing for drainage of fluid in the treated area(s). Kinesio Tapes’ elastic properties can also be applied to provide a “pull” to increase muscle activation or it can be used in its most stretched form to assist with muscle and joint stability while still allowing you to keep full range of motion.
Whereas older taping methods were used to restrict motion and provide rigid stability (which is still appropriate at times), Kinesio Tape is a latex-free, water-resistant, elastic tape that can be worn for multiple days and provides longer lasting effects. Kinesio taping is appropriate for anyone from pediatric to geriatric patients, and is most effective when applied by a trained professional after an initial evaluation has been completed.