Kinesio-taping is most often associated with athletes since many professional and recreational athletes wear tape on their skin to assist with better performance and functionality.
Kinesio-taping is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique designed to facilitate the body’s healing process. Many people have reported the success of Kinesio-taping as a therapeutic device in providing support, lessening pain, reducing swelling and improving performance.
It is also aimed at providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. In addition, it provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the advantages of other types of therapy within a clinic.
At NorthEnd, based upon many years of clinical use, we specifically apply Kinesio-taping to our patients based upon their needs after evaluation. Our experts use the findings of the clinical evaluation to specify the application of other forms of chiropractic practices and the use of Kinesio-taping.
How Does Kinesio-Taping Work
When applied to your body, the tape recoils slightly and gently lift your skin. This helps to create microscopic space between your skin and the tissue beneath.
Creates Space in Joints
Studies have shown that when Kinesio-tape is applied over the knee, it increases the space in the knee joint. More studies have also shown that Kinesio-taping increases the space in the shoulder joint. This space created is very small, but it helps to reduce joint irritation.
Helps to Reduce Pain
Expert therapists agree that the tape changes the information sent by your sensory nervous system about compression and pain in your body. Kinesio-taping creates a micro-gap that unloads the underlying tissues. Decompressing those tissues helps to change the signals going to the brain. After your brain receives a signal, it responds differently.
To demonstrate the effectiveness of Kinesio-taping, experts have used an example of trigger points. When the knotted muscle [trigger point] is decompressed, pain receptors send a new signal to the brain helping to decrease tension in the trigger area.
Studies have shown that pain on the trigger point is reduced and flexibility increased when Kinesio-taping and manual pressure are applied simultaneously.
Improves circulation of Blood and Fluids
Kinesio-taping helps to improve circulation and reduce swelling in the area you’re injured. Studies have shown that the use of Kinesio-taping improves blood flow in the skin. It also aids the circulation of lymphatic fluids. Lymphatic fluid contains water in the largest percentage but also contains proteins, bacteria, and other chemicals. It regulates fluid build-up and swelling in your body.
When our experts apply Kinesio-taping, it creates more space in the subcutaneous space. This changes the pressure gradient in the area beneath your skin. As a result, the change in pressure improves the flow of lymphatic fluid.
Why You Need Kinesio-Taping
Treatment of Injuries
At NorthEnd, our experts use Kinesio-taping along-side other chiropractic measures for an overall treatment plan for patients with an injury. We employ Kinesio-taping to reduce pain and swelling in conjunction with other treatments like physical therapy.
To Support Weak Areas
We use Kinesio-taping to provide patients with some extra support to muscles, or joints depending on the findings of the evaluation.
Kinesio-taping works and many studies have shown that it is most effective when combined with other methods of treatment.
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