Kinesio tape, also known as k-tape, is a flexible adhesive tape used to support and stabilize muscles and joints. Kinesio tape can be a valuable tool in the treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological pain patterns. The tape’s ability to alleviate pain, improve function, and promote healing make it a valuable addition to any comprehensive chiropractic treatment plan.
What is kinesio tape?
It is a type of elastic adhesive tape that is used to treat various musculoskeletal and neurologic conditions. Kinesio tape is designed to be worn for extended periods of time, and it is made from a stretchy, cotton-based material that is designed to mimic the properties of human skin. Because it is designed to be worn for extended periods of time, that means patients can continue to receive the therapeutic benefits of the tape even after they have left the clinic. Additionally, the tape is water-resistant, which means that patients can continue to wear it while they shower or swim.
How does it work?
When applied to the skin, kinesio tape can help to alleviate pain and improve function in a variety of ways. The tape is designed to create a lifting effect on the skin, which can help to reduce pressure on the underlying muscles and joints. This can be particularly beneficial for people with musculoskeletal pain patterns, as it can help to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Kinesio tape can also have other therapeutic effects on the body. For example, the tape can help to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage in the affected area, which can further aid in the healing process. Kinesio tape can also help to improve muscle activation, which can be beneficial for people with neurological conditions that affect muscle function.
Research has shown that kinesio tape can be effective in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. For example, studies have shown that kinesio tape can be helpful in treating low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, and ankle sprains.
Kinesio tape can provide support and stabilization to muscles and joints during physical activity, reducing the risk of injury and allowing for better performance. Especially during high-intensity activities or sports.
Improving Range of Motion
Kinesio tape can be used to improve range of motion by providing support and facilitating muscle movement.
During Pregnancy Kinesio tape can provide support and stability to the lower back, reducing pain and discomfort caused by the weight of the growing belly. Kinesio tape can provide support to the pelvis, helping to stabilize the area and reduce pain caused by the increased pressure on the pelvic bones. Kinesio tape can help reduce tension in the muscles of the back, hips, and legs, providing relief from cramps, spasms, and other discomforts associated with pregnancy.
While kinesio tape can be a valuable tool in the treatment of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, it is important to note that it should be applied by a trained healthcare professional. Improper application of the tape can lead to further injury or exacerbate existing conditions. Dr. Sas has additional certifications in the application of kinesio taping and may use it to compliment chiropractic care.