Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Tape is a therapeutic procedure using special tape that is designed to complement your chiropractic adjustment or rehab session by supporting muscles and joints, correcting muscle function and removing congestion from areas of inflammation. Kinesio Tape is ideal for athletes, people with achy muscles and joints, migraine sufferers and more.

Kinesio Taping is a method developed by Kenzo Kase, DC in the mid-1970s, which utilizes a flexible, elastic tape to manipulate the muscles and fascia in order to affect joint position or movement patterns. The tape is breathable and waterproof, so it can be worn for a number of days at each application, and can therefore have a longer lasting impact on joint function. Unlike traditional athletic tape, which is designed to be rigid in order to immobilize the joints, Kinesio Taping allows free range of motion in order to encourage the body’s own muscular system to heal itself biomechanically. The Kinesio Tex Tape has a texture and elasticity very close to living human tissue, with a unique wave-like glue pattern designed to actually lift the skin microscopically to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage.

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How does it work?

During your appointment, the practitioner will assess your condition and diagnose any joint dysfunction or movement imbalance. We will then apply the tape to the appropriate muscle group(s) in a way designed to either encourage or inhibit muscle firing. You’ll be asked to keep the tape on until it comes off on its own, due to the natural sloughing of the outer skin layers (2-5 days). Application of Kinesio Tape may be done on the same day as a chiropractic adjustment, in fact the tape will usually help your body hold the adjustment better by gently supporting the affected area. The beneficial effects of Kinesio Taping may also be magnified by combining it with a Pilates rehab session, because the muscular system will be challenged while the joints are supported in a more ideal alignment. Call our office today to find out more about how Kinesio Taping might benefit your treatment.