Kinesio Taping or Elastic Therapeutic Tape
KINESIO TAPING OR ELASTIC THERAPEUTIC TAPE
Kinesio taping is a therapeutic tool or therapeutic taping technique developed by Japanese chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase in the 1970s for pain alleviation and better soft tissue healing.
Kinesio tape microscopically lifts the skin to form convolutions in skin to increase interstitial space, and facilitate lymphatic drainage and reduce inflammation. It works by stimulating the epidermis at a cellular level. We apply the Kinesio tape after evaluating and assessing your condition and deciding on the appropriate application.
How to apply Kinesio tape?
It’s possible to apply Kinesio Tex Tape or KT Tape in hundreds of ways. It depends on the pain area, type and intensity.
Dr. Oscar Noriega DC will apply it in an X, Y, I, or fan pattern based on your specific problem and treatment goals.
Kinesio tape is unlike the regular white medical or athletic tape. It lets you move normally and, in some cases, even enhances movement and endurance.
What are the benefits of Kinesio taping?
There are multiple benefits associated with non-invasive Kinesio taping. It includes:
- Reduced pain and inflammation
- Improved healing in soft tissues
- Promoted post-surgical healing
- Optimized performance
- Preventing injury, especially sports injuries
- Promoting good blood circulation in the body
- Helping with the body’s natural healing process
- Reduced muscle fatigue
- Pain inhibition
- Reduces edema and improves the body’s lymphatic drainage and blood flow
What is Kinesio tape used for?
- An overall treatment plan for injuries
We generally use kinesiology taping as part of an overall treatment for injured people and other treatments like manual therapy.
- Supports weak zones
- Re-trains muscles
Kinesiology tape is useful in retraining any muscle that has lost function or works in an unhealthy manner. We may use it to correct your head and neck posture and even help stroke patients improve their walk. The sensation of the presence of tape on your skin may make you aware of your stance and movements.
- Enhanced performance
We use kinesiology taping on athletes to help them reach their peak performance, like running a marathon and preventing possible sports injuries.
- When not to use kinesiology taping
Kinesiology taping is contraindicated in the following circumstances:
- Open wounds because it can lead to infections or skin damage
- Diabetes because you may not notice any tape reactions if there is reduced sensation in some parts
- Deep vein thrombosis because the increased fluid flow can lead to fatal dislodged blood clotting
- Allergies if your skin is allergic to adhesives
- Lymph node removal because the increased fluid can lead to swelling in the removed mode spot
- Active cancer where the increased blood supply can aggravate a cancerous growth
- Sensitive or fragile skin prone to tearing
Will Kinesio tape harm my skin?
Most major brands of Kinesio tapes have latex-free and hypoallergenic adhesives that don’t trigger any allergic reaction. So, unless you have an allergy to adhesives or your skin is sensitive, properly applied kinesiology taping will not harm your skin. However, we first apply a test strip before using kinesiology taping to treat a condition.
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