We all have seen it, but most aren’t sure what it’s used for. It’s popularity has grown through both Olympic and professional athletes. This colored tape athletes wear to enhance their performance is also available to all of us. It’s called kinesio taping, spider tape, rock tape, etc. It’s a new method of supporting joints and muscles without sacrificing range of motion. This tape is applied by a certified professional to treat pain, edema, and also for preventative maintenance.
This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology; hence the name “Kinesio”. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.
The Kinesio Taping Method is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24 hr/day basis. It is a non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion. It’s gained it’s popularity for it’s versatility. People can sweat, swim, and move freely while wearing the tape. It’s not just for athletes! It’s a great support method for those who have to work while dealing with an injury. When I was in high school, I developed a shoulder injury through baseball. I use kinesio tape during work and when exercising to help stabilize my injured joint. The tape normally lasts about a week depending on what area of the body it is applied to. Common injuries that functional taping is used to treat are all sprains, plantar fasciaitis , low back pain, limited ROM, tension headaches, IT Band syndrome, tennis/golfers elbow, etc. Stop in today for a consultation, and see how this new technology can help you and your family.