Physiocare Physical Therapy offers the best in physical therapy, using a wide range of modalities.
Among the treatment options we use is kinesiotaping. This strategy involves applying strips of specially formulated tape in strategic directions for the purpose of improving mobility and supporting tendons, muscles, and joints, for enduring effects. The flexible tape acts as a harness in the interface between the skin and muscles.
WHAT DOES KINESIOTAPING DO?
Kinesiotaping is used to inhibit spasms and pain and to facilitate motion. The tape moves with you. It can increase circulation and improve lymph transport. These functions are very different from what athletic tape does. For example, athletic tape has opposite functions, such as limiting motion and decreasing circulation.
The effectiveness of kinesiotaping is proven but reasons for its success aren’t fully understood. It’s believed that kinesiotaping inhibits pain pathways, called nociceptors, in the skin, joint, and muscle structures. When painful input going to the brain is decreased, it’s believed that muscle tone is normalized, leading to diminished pain and fewer muscular spasms. In addition, kinesiotaping is used by physical therapy experts at Physiocare for the following:
- Kinesiotaping helps to decrease pain, protective spasm, and muscle guarding by minimizing nociceptive brain input.
- Muscular tone can be normalized and athletic performance enhanced because the tape helps to improve contraction patterns and muscular firing.
- For people who have a condition such as iliotibial band friction syndrome, shoulder instability, or patellofemoral stress syndrome, kinesiotaping can provide extra support to hold specific joints in place while still allowing some motion.
- Following trauma or surgery, scars can occur in which the tissue underneath binds to underlying fascia and skin. Kinesiotaping can be useful for gently pulling on scar tissue and providing a long duration, low-intensity stretch to the tight collagen in the scar tissue.
- Kinesiotaping can decrease swelling because it reduces the pressure between the skin and the tissues underlying it. For superficial contusions, kinesiotaping is sometimes used in lymphedema management.
KINESIOTAPING AT PHYSIOCARE
Our skilled therapists at Physiocare sometimes determine that kinesiotaping is an excellent treatment option for our patients, and sometimes the modality is recommended by physicians.
Feel free to schedule a visit, if you are suffering from muscle spasms, loss of motion, swelling, or pain as a result of an injury. Kinesiotaping may be one of the treatment modalities used to provide relief and promote healing. Physiocare, Inc. is a direct access facility, which means a doctor’s referral isn’t required. Oftentimes, however, we apply kinesiotaping as part of treatment referred by physicians.