Kinesio Taping has become the standard in therapeutic taping. It is an emerging modality that offers great potential to reduce the impact of soft tissue and joint injuries while enhancing the healing porcess. It has the ability to treat orthopedic and neurological conditions at any phase of the injury cycle It is a modality that enhances the function of many different tissues and physiologic systems. It offers a gentle and effective approach to the re-education of the neuromuscular system, improvement of circulation of blood lymph and relief of pain, providing comfort and stability to client needs. It's light, gentle, hypo-allergenic materials that can be used with all skin types. It offers support for your muscles and joints with continued therapeutic benefits lasting 3-5 days per application due to its safe, heat-activated adhesive. The recoil effect of Kinesio Tape on the skin influences the position and distensibility of the skin.
The cost of the Kinesio Taping................$15 if combined with Massage Therapy
Many athletes have been using kinesio taping as an effective treatment. It become popular in the U.S. in the Beijing Olympics. U.S. Volleyball player Kerri Walsh wore Kinesio Tex Tape at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Ms Walsh is now a paid endorseror for Kinesio Tape. Although even before that many athletes such as Lance Armstrong were using it and wrote about it in his 2003 book, Every Second Counts. The Tour de France champion noted that his team used "a special tape that came from Japan and seemed to have magical powers." The famous cyclist also noted that "Sometimes we'd be so wrapped up in hot-pink tape that we'd look like dolls, a bunch of broken dolls but the tape worked, so we kept it, because it could fix things." For further reading about Lance and the tape, it was featured in an article in USA Today in 2005 http://www.usatoday.com/sports/2005-11-07-kinesio-taping_x.htm
In the Wall Street Journal, on 4-27-10, Laura Johannes wrote the article, Aches & Claims: Putting on the Strips to Ease Pain. "Bright-colored strips of tape in odd patterns are increasingly being seen on athletes. Kinesiology tape can help take pressure off overused muscles, reduce swelling and alleviate pain from injuries.....unlike standard athletic taping, which involves wrapping a joint for support and compression, kinesiology tape is placed in a variety of patterns depending on the injury, says Graceann Forrester, a Cortland, N.Y., physcial therapist who instructs clinicians on how to use the tape. It is pulled to differing degrees of tension to create the desired effect and is typically worn for two to five days, unlike standard tape, which is used mainly during an activity. Kinesiology tape can be used to pull back a shoulder that is hunching forward, Ms Forrester says. Or to reduce swelling in a joint, tape can be used to pull up the skin and create an area of low pressure where fluid can move and drain....Tape can be applied along the length of a tired muscle for support. It allows the muscles to go on vacation for a day or two so they come back healed......Two recent studies on Kinesio tape showed some short term effect(s). A study of 42 patients with shoulder pain, published in 2008 in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, found that range of motion improved immediately after application of kinesiology tape, compared with a sham taping using no tension......Last year, a study on 41 patients with whiplash after car accidents found statistically significant pain relief and improvements in range of motion with kinesiology taping compared with a shame tape, The effects were seen immediately and continued a day later.
In the November 16, 2009 issue of ESPN the Magazine, written by Dorthy Cole, "Last fall may have been a breakaway season for Kinesio Taping with the National Basketball Association. K.G. (Kevin Garnett) is just one of Kinesio's high-profile users...Even Celtics coach Doc Rivers uses Kinesio strips on his sore back, Memphis rookie Hasheem Thabeet discovered the tape in college after injuring his left shoulder." The article cited many players and trainers using the tape.
The tennis world can't stop talking about Kinesio. In a tennis blog called, "The tape has been very popular at this years season starting tournaments." They listed the following: Elena Dementieva used it on her calf muscle at the Hopman Cup. Mardy Fish had his adductors and his knee taped in Sydney as he comes back to the tour after knee surgery. Lleyton Hewitt had been wearing it on his knee for months. Justine Henin is playing the Australian Open with tape on her adductors. Maria Kirilienko had her hamstrings taped, as did Novak Djokovic. Na Li had it all over her leg. Gael Monfils has been using it on his shoulder. Back in 2007, The Age newspaper in Australia had looked into the reason for Serena Williams having Kinesio tape on her knees. They quoted Williams: "Before the match, I had taping for prevention since I was feeling a little tight in both knees. I thought I was tighter in the right knee but then, once I had to increase my range of movement, the left knee got worse. I've had issues with my knees before, especially the left knee since that's the one I had surgery on in 2003." For further reading: http://www.tennisperspective.com/2010/01what-is-kinesio-tape.html
In a 2007 article in The Sun (UK) called, "Beckham has it taped for fitness", reporter Eric Beauchamp wrote about soccer superstar, "(David) Beckham has turned to a new craze of binding muscles called Kinesio Taping to take the strainoff his back....Other players wore it before Beckham but after he was photgraphed with the tape the whole world is asking about it!" For further reading of this article: http://img.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/article232014.ece
Treats many different clinical conditions such as, but not limited to:
A/C shoulder joint issues
ACL & MCL strains and tears
Adhesive Capsilitis (frozen shoulder)
Hyperextensions of the elbow and knee
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (tennis & golfers elbow)
Iliotibal band syndrome
Ligament support Lympahatic taping
Rotator cuff injuries
SI joint injuries
Thoracic outlet syndrome
and many more.....