We use kinesiology taping with our patients for a range of clinical conditions and sports injuries. It has been an essential partner to the practice as the tape enables us to continue our treatment with each patient for 2 to 3 days after they leave the consultation room. The patients we have treated with the tape often remark positively about the benefits they have received.
The key to achieving benefit from the tape is to properly diagnose the underlying cause of symptoms. Once the condition is diagnosed, the osteopath will decide how to apply the tape for effective injury healing.
Kinesiology tape is sold in our clinic.
What is Kinesiology Taping?
Taping therapy uses a specially designed elastic tape, with no pharmacological agents, to help (1) reduce pain, (2) reduce swelling (oedema); or (3) improve muscle performance. Overall, the tape helps to reduce recovery time for acute injury. The function it serves will depend on how the tape is applied to the body.
How does therapeutic taping work?
When applied to targeted areas of the body, by a trained professional, the unique design of the tape lifts the skin from the layers of tissue below, which increases circulation, gives freedom to the superficial fascia below the skin and thus reduces pain as nerves (pain sensors) are decompressed. Patient feedback at the clinic consistently reports that while the tape is applied to troubled areas, it increases awareness of their posture, leading to self correction. Patients often feel a comforting sensation of heat generated under the tapes.
Who may benefit from using this tape?
This tape will aid the rehabilitation of patients with acute or chronic muscular injury. The tape is used mainly with sporting professional however I have used it for a range of clinical conditions as follows
- Tension Headache
- Tennis Elbow
- Calf Injury
- Shoulder Injury
- Muscle spasm in the neck, back and ribs
- Muscle strain in the legs
- Blocked facial sinuses
- Neck Pain
- Sacroilliac joint strain
Proper diagnosis is the key to achieving maximum benefits from the tape. The underlying cause of pain, injury or restricted movement must be evaluated to enable the osteopath to decide how to best apply the tape to the patient.
Evidence is growing which supports the effectiveness of the tape, however it is not fully understood how the tape works.
Can a novice apply the tape?
Yes, although some areas may be difficult to reach. The Osteopath at Health in Motion will train you how to apply the tape for your specific needs. They will need to evaluate your injury or diagnose your condition first.
Are there any side effects associated with the tape?
There are almost no side effects (only mild skin sensitivity for on rare cases) and it can be used on everyone even pregnant and nursing mothers, children, the elderly and others who have problems taking medicines for long periods of time.
For more information about use of the tape for your circumstances, please call the clinic and ask to speak to an osteopath.