The Kinesiotaping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. The first technique gives the practitioner the opportunity to actually give support while maintaining full range of motion, enabling the individual to participate in physical activity with functional assistance. The second technique helps prevent overuse or over-contraction and helps provide facilitation of lymph flow 24 hours per day. It is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation. Correctional techniques include mechanical, lymphatic, ligament / tendon, fascia, space, and functional. Kinesiotape can be used in conjunction with other therapies, including cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy, and electrical stimulation.
It is believed that Kinesiotaping may affect the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. 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. Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the body’s own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Employment of Kinesiotaping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs.
How does it work?
By pulling the skin away from tight muscles, blood flow and body fluid can circulate through the injured area more efficiently. This decreases inflammation and speeds up the natural healing process. Many physical therapists, athletic trainers, physicians and athletes are using Kinesio tape to maintain exercise when injured.
At Anatomix Physical Therapy, our therapists are experts in evaluating your pain and can provide effective taping strategies to improve joint stability and enhance your performance. Call today for more information on how we can help you live pain-free!