What is Taping (Kinesio or RockTape) ?

The Kinesio Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique which alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting effect forms convolutions in the skin increasing interstitial space and allowing for decreased inflammation in affected areas. Evaluation and assessment are Key in the treatment of any clinical condition. In order to get the desired results from a Kinesio Tax Tape application as well as any other treatment, a full assessment of your patient is necessary. In some cases, the treatment of a condition may require treatment of other underlying conditions as well. This assessment should include manual muscle testing, range of motion testing, gait assessment, and any other orthopedic special tests that you deem necessary.  

What is taping used for?

Decreased Pain: By gently applying pressure, kinesiology tape helps to disrupt and dissipate pain.

Increased Circulation and Decreased Inflammation: The tape can help remove congestion while allowing efficient circulation of oxygenated blood and lymphatic fluids. Circulation flushes out irritants, thereby reducing inflammation and chemical buildup and fostering a speedy recovery.

Improved Posture and Muscle Support: Taping areas that veer away from correct posture can help gently support proper posture. Proper taping also enables weak muscles to function efficiently, reduces pain and fatigue, and protects against cramping, over-extension, and over-contraction.

Improved Athletic Performance: By supporting unstable joints and delivering slight pressure to “sleeping” muscles, taping can prompt higher performance. Unlike other assistive devices that can lead to dependence on them for stability and support, kinesiology tape trains the body to become independent and efficient.

Supported endogenous analgesic system: The tape enables the body’s own healing mechanisms to work in the recovery process.

Who Can Use kinesio tape?

Those whose professions involve hard physical labor and repetitive movements (construction workers, factory workers, gardeners, mechanics, miners, secretaries, etc.) 

People who sit and work at a desk for long periods every day, or who have sedentary lifestyles. 

Athletes and other physically active people, including cyclists, golfers, joggers, and other exercise enthusiasts or those involved in sports. 

People who suffer the after-effects of bad posture, poor sleeping habits, etc. 

People suffering from joint, muscle, or tendon injuries of any kind, whether due to disease or accidents. 

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