Got an injury that’s sticking with you? Kinesio Tape will help you feel better so you can stick to your activities.
- What is Kinesio Taping?
It’s a therapeutic taping technique that permits full movement, provides support and allows the body to heal. Kinesio tape is made of 100% cotton on one side with a mild, hypoallergenic acrylic, heat-activated adhesive on the other. The tape is highly elastic to allow for many different types of application and will stay in place for 3-5 days through activity and showers.
- How does it work?
The condition must be correctly assessed for the best results. The tape lifts the skin away from the muscle to decrease pressure on a damaged area and to allow for drainage and proper blood flow. Depending on the specific technique used, the tape can relax or contract a muscle, or stabilize a joint.
- How is it applied?
First, clean the skin of oils, sweat or excess hair. Then, apply the tape over the stretched muscle. Tape from muscle origin to insertion to strengthen a weak muscle, usually in a chronic condition. In this application the tape facilitates muscle contraction. Tape from insertion to origin to relax a tight, overused muscle often in an acute condition. In this application the tape inhibits tension.
- What is it good for?
Taping helps with a limitless array of injuries and some inflammatory conditions (because it facilitates lymph flow). It provides relief and support for anyone who has muscle soreness or joint pain. I have used Kinesio tape for plantar fasciitis, low back degenerative pain and shoulder weakness, but there are many, many other useful applications.
- Where can I have Kinesio tape applied?
Many athletic trainers, medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists and some massage therapists offer applying kinesio tape as a service that layers nicely in with their work. Most often I will massage the area, clean it, stretch it and apply the tape to maintain the changes I have made during the session. An initial 30-minute session allows for assessment and taping at $40. Re-taping is $20 or I can incorporate it into your massage time and just charge you $5 for the tape.
- How do I remove the tape?
Most people allow the tape to wear off but it can be easily removed with oil or an oily lotion. It’s safe for pediatrics to geriatrics and is well tolerated because it’s so light (roughly the thickness and weight of our skin) and is completely latex -free.
Call me to try Kinesio Taping as part of your pain relief plan.
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