What is Kinesiology Taping?
Kinesiology Tape or Therapeutic Taple is also known as Kinesio tape is actually a Tex based non-latex tape with adhesive on a single side used in physiotherapy to treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions affecting the body’s muscles and joints. The tape is cut in a variety of styles specially designed for the structural need of multiple muscle groups, ranging from thick strips to thinner bands strategically applied to provide support and stability to the affected areas.
How does it work?
Kinesiology taping relieves pain and encourages lymphatic drainage , thereby promoting a decrease in inflammation. The material mimics the natural elasticity of the skin, providing both support and comfort with a natural feel. The shape, direction, and tension of the tape application is highly variable depending on your needs. Through therapeutic taping, your physiotherapist can help you retrain your muscles, minimize pain and swelling, increase circulation, prevent further injury, and above all, promote healing. This therapeutic measure has proven greatly beneficial for fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints.
What condition can be benefited from Kinesiology Taping?
The Kinesiology Taping system is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process by bracing muscles and joints without restricting the range of motion. Kinesio Taping can help the following conditions:
- Support joints or injured muscles.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Lower back strain/pain.
- Knee and shoulder pain/injuries.
- Tennis Elbow and other Sports Injuries.
- Shin splints and hamstring pain.
- Lymphedema(especially around torn or strained muscles).
At Profusion Rehab, our physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment of your condition with manual therapy, a test of range of motion, and a gait assessment depending on your needs.
Who can benefit from Kinesio Taping?
Kinesiology taping can benefit a variety of patients, from athletes to office workers alike, and is also safe for both pediatric and geriatric patients. The taping is ideal for injury rehabilitation and prevention, but has also been used for posture correction. Taping can be used as a countermeasure for a multitude of orthopedic problems; visit our clinic in Pickering and Milton to ask our physiotherapist today to find out how therapeutic taping can work for you!