What is Kinesio Tape?
posted: May 31, 2018.
How Our Chiropractor near Buford Can Tape You Back to Health
If you're an avid follower of televised sports, you have noticed various athletes wearing colorful, oddly-arranged collections of tape across specific areas of their bodies. What you're seeing is an extraordinary form of soft tissue care that can provide numerous benefits, from pain management to joint stabilization and expedited healing. This is the world of Kinesio Tape, one that our chiropractor near Buford is proud to introduce to our patients at Georgia Spine & Sports Rehab as a complement to chiropractic care and other therapies.
Origins, Purpose, and Applications of Kinesio Tape
It might surprise you to learn that the Kinesio Taping Method was actually developed by none other than a chiropractor. Dr. Kenzo Kase came up with the basic principles behind it in the 1970s as part of his efforts to help his patients experience longer-lasting benefits from their chiropractic adjustment sessions. Kinesio Taping was widely adopted after its public introduction in 1983, as you can see from the seemingly countless sports figures who make use of it during training and events. But Kinesio Taping isn't just for athletes, its benefits can extend to just about anyone suffering from soft tissue aches, pains, instability or stiffness.
How can something as simple as tape enhance your health and relieve your pain? For starters, Kinesio Tape is no ordinary tape. This latex-free, cotton-based tape isn't as purely restrictive as traditional forms of athletic strapping tape, which primarily just inhibit joint motion to prevent further injury. While equally supportive, Kinesio Tape also moves and stretches almost exactly like human skin, allowing for a much wider range of motion. Kinesio Tape also has a gentle pulling effect on the skin that improves circulation and drainage, thus reducing inflammation and swelling and encouraging the healing process.
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Our sports injury chiropractor can prescribe the Kinesio Taping Method as a helpful supportive therapy for many different conditions, including TMJ, joint sprains and strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, back pain and neck pain. As a complement to chiropractic care, its ability to support your muscle groups can help a chiropractic adjustment establish itself to better effect. It can even play a role in your pain management program by stimulating the release of your body's endorphins. If you'd like to explore this exciting avenue of conservative care, contact Georgia Spine & Sports Rehab at 770-614-6551 to find out whether it can help you!
Do you know athletes who use Kinesio Tape? What taping patterns/locations have you noticed?