A hallmark of chiropractic care is the use of non-invasive techniques. Kinesio taping fits right into the chiropractic philosophy and to our high standard of care.
What is kinesio taping?
Kinesio taping is based on the principles of kinesiology. This therapy, like chiropractic revolves around the fact that the body has an innate ability to heal itself. For numerous reasons, muscles, joints, and other vital structures may require a bit of assistance in order to achieve a harmonious, functional state.
In addition to facilitating recovery from injury, kinesio taping can optimize performance and minimize the risk of injury during physical activity. This precision taping technique is ideal for patients of all ages as it is designed to support various areas of the body without side effects, discomfort, or invasive procedures.
The technique works in conjunction with the body's healing abilities. Supportive in nature, kinesio taping not only addresses the needs of certain muscles but also promotes lymph flow and venous circulation, temperature control and more. The strategic placement of elastic tape provides outside assistance for muscles, nerves, and organs throughout the body, making this noninvasive technique ideal for a number of situations.
Drs. Smith and Bailey are experienced in the use of kinesiology taping techniques for the reduction of inflammation and pain, to relax and support tired, overused muscles while allowing proper movement. Tape is worn for several days in some cases, or may be applied for specific activities in others. It will stay on during showers and sleep, and will stay adhered from 1-7 days. Because it is nonrestrictive, the flexible tape does not get in the way of full range of motion.
How kinesio taping differs from traditional taping
Athletes of all ages and activity levels have used taping methods for the prevention and treatment of sports injuries for many years. Traditional techniques tend to wrap joints more tightly in order to achieve stabilization and support. This method can have a counterproductive effect if it inhibits the flow of blood and other nourishing substances to and through injured or inflamed tissue.
Kinesio taping makes an effective adjunct treatment to chiropractic care and it can be used to treat a wide variety of physical complaints. These range from plantar fasciitis to headaches and conditions such as ankle or knee sprains, post-surgical edema, patella tracking, tennis elbow (tendonitis), whiplash, rotator cuff injury, groin injury, strain or sprain to the lower back, carpal tunnel syndrome, and more.
Both children and adults are suitable candidates for kinesio taping. If you live in the area of Forks Township, Easton, Palmer Township, Phillipsburg, or Nazareth, call Chiropractic Whole Health for more information.