Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Taping provides support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for prevent sports injuries, reduce edema and to treat pain.

Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. Kinesio Taping exhibits its effects through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. By activating muscle and joint proprioceptors (position sensors) with the tape and the joint in a corrected position, the body can heal and return to normal movement.

By using an elastic tape strategically placed, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped with outside assistance. Employment of Kinesio Taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs.

When Kinesio Tape was first introduced, orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other health care practitioners were the main users but soon after others followed.  Today Kinesio Tape is used by trainers to support Olympic athletes.  It works very well on weekend warriors and injured workers too!

Kinesio Tape is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles, and to support muscles in movement on a 24hr/day basis. It is non-restrictive type of taping which allows for full range of motion.  You can even keep it on in the shower!

In contrast, traditional sports’ taping (the white inflexible tape) only wraps a joint for stabilization and support during a sporting event.  This can obstruct circulation and lymph and is as an UNDESIRABLE side-effect.

Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.

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About Kinesio Tape

Kinesio Tape is a type of thin, elastic cotton tape that is able to stretch up to 140% of its original length. As a result, when the tape is applied to a patient on a stretch greater than its normal length, it will "recoil" after being applied and therefore create a gentle pulling force on the skin or muscle that it is being applied to. This elastic property provides mechanical support to the joint around which the tape is applied and allows for normalized range of motion and a reduction in tissue edema. Compared to traditional white athletic tape, Kinesio Tape has many advantages.  It can be left on for long periods of time before reapplication and it does not impair circulation.  

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