Kinesio Taping or (K-Taping) affects the circulatory/lymphatic, neural, muscular, and fascial systems, as well as the joints. Kinesio Taping is currently being used by the 3D Wellness team to change muscle tone, move lymphatic fluids, correct movement patterns, and improve posture. Kinesio Tape, if properly applied as part of a regular therapeutic routine, can be used for virtually anything from chronic pain to menstrual cramps.
What is Kinesio Taping?
It may help to know what Kinesio Tex tape is. Kinesio Tex tape is made of 100% elastic fibers that are latex free. You may notice a wave-like pattern, which is purposely put on the tape to mimic fingerprints and allows the tape to breathe. The tape itself only stretches on the longitudinal axis.
Kinesio tape can be a huge asset for athletes. Kinesio tape can be applied in the middle of workouts or events in the case of sudden injury. The Kinesio tape is extremely strong and can be applied with different tension strengths. Many therapists will use different tension strengths and techniques to allow the muscles and ligaments to have “help” when injury occurs. The tape essentially stabilizes an area, for example the shoulder, to prevent any further damage.
The great thing about the Kinesio tape is that it still allows for range of motion, just not so much that you are likely to injure yourself further. It is an especially helpful tool in injury recovery and rehabilitation, as it can help stabilize the joint, reduce strain on the rehabilitating muscle, and also promote correct body movement during rehab.
Who can benefit from Kinesio Taping Therapy?
Originally designed for athletes to improve performance and increase the effectiveness of manipulation therapy, like massage therapy, Kinesio taping has now been used successful in a variety of therapy applications. It has become an excellent tool for therapists, trying to correct the position and movement of body parts — a classic example is trying to make kneecaps slide more evenly.
Kinesio Taping Therapy has been show to help improve a variety of structural and musculoskeletal conditions, including:
Acute Soft Tissue Injuries
- Muscle Strains
- Ligament Sprains
- Bruising or Hematoma
- Muscle Weakness
- Hypotonia - Low Muscle Tone
Joint Proprioception Retraining
- Joint Alignment and Maltracking
- Joint instability or Hypermobility
- Poor Posture: Round Shoulders, Slouched Spine
- Scapular Instability (SICK)
Bone Injuries and Breaks
- Post-fracture support
- Teno-periosteal support (Shin Splints)
- Adolescent Growing Pains
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
Swelling and Edema
- Joint Swelling
If you suffer from any of the above conditions, or would like more information about 3D Wellness’ Kinesio Taping therapy program, call us today at (419) 367-1417 to schedule your initial consultation now.