RockTape, KT Tape, KinesioTex, MummyTape, no matter what you call it it’s all Kinesio Tape. Kinesio Tape has been popular for a while now, and there are a lot of questions about it, most commonly – How does Kinesio Tape work? I use it in our Cary, NC chiropractic clinic, especially on active and athletic patients. You’ve probably seen it on someone you know, or at least athletes on television. People seem to be generally confused about the product, so let’s discuss:
- What is Kinesio Tape?
- What does Kinesio Tape do?
- How do I apply Kinesio Tape?
What is Kinesio Tape?
The tape is a stretchy, elastic, cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. It is easy for a chiropractor to put on and simply requires a bit of measuring, cutting, and placement. Kinesio Tape was created by a chiropractor who was searching for something to provide support and stability while aiding the body’s natural healing process. It is completely safe to use and non-restrictive, unlike athletic tape which is usually used to limit the range of motion after a sprain/strain or prevent one of these.
What does Kinesio Tape do?
Kinesio Tape targets different receptors in the skin and muscles which send feedback to the brain and spinal cord. It also lifts the superficial layers of skin and fascia effectively. By accomplishing these things and others it is able to provide many beneficial effects including but not limited to:
- Promoting firing of underactive muscles
- Increasing joint motion
- Relieving pain
- Increasing blood and lymph flow
- Decreasing bruise healing time
- Increasing joint proprioception (your body’s awareness of where it’s parts are in space.)
How do I Apply Kinesio Tape?
What’s great about Kinesio Tape is that it can be applied to anyone old or young, and it has no known side effects (unless the patient has an allergy to the product.) It is however somewhat difficult to apply correctly unless you know what you’re doing. That’s why we put it on for many of our patients here in our chiropractic clinic. Did I mention it’s included in our treatment visits?
To put it on right you have to apply the correct stretch to the tape, put the body parts in the correct position, and cut it to the correct length. It’s also useful to clean the area using a baby wipe or something similar first. I would recommend having a Chiropractor or someone who knows their anatomy very well put it on for you. You can also check YouTube for instructional videos.
Kinesio Tape as a stand-alone treatment
Kinesio Tape helps patients get better along with other chiropractic treatments and rehab. I don’t use it as the only treatment for any of my patients, but I do use it as a supportive therapy. For example, Kinesio Tape for plantar fasciitis is great, but not the only thing I’m going to do for that condition. It is a good passive therapy that feels great, reduces pain, and may help speed up recovery time. If you have questions feel free to ask our doctors at AccessHealth Chiropractic Center in Cary.
Dr. Jason Williams DC is a chiropractic physician practicing at AccessHealth Chiropractic in Cary, NC. He treats neuromusculoskeletal pain and injuries using chiropractic manipulation, dry needling, acupuncture, rehab exercise strategies, and other supportive therapies. Primary areas of focus include back pain, neck pain, muscular pain, extremity pain, and orthopedic injuries. Dr. Williams is experienced in treating athletes, especially those in the CrossFit, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA community.
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