We utilize kinesiology taping or “Kinesio taping” in our Physical Therapy department at Advanced Health Professionals in Norwalk. Kinesiology taping is a unique form of treatment that uses specialized elastic tape to help stabilize and support joints and muscles while your body is undergoing natural healing. What makes Kinesio taping so beneficial is that you can still participate in physical activity with the taping applied.
This type of athletic or sports taping isn’t just for recreational and competitive athletes or to be used solely in sports medicine. We find that anyone can benefit from kinesiology taping as it not only provides pain relief, but it also allows you to remain active and able to participate in your favorite sports and activities with significantly reduced pain and virtually no limitation in your ability to move naturally.
What is Kinesio Tape?
The tape used in kinesiology taping is a cotton-based, elastic stretching tape that mimics human skin and muscle. It comes in various sizes and lengths to allow for precise placement to provide the stabilization and support your joints and muscles require during physical activity.
How does Kinesiology Taping Work?
Our physical therapy team at Advanced Health Professionals are experts in kinesiology taping. We understand the mechanics behind the placement of the taping that sets the stage for the optimal stabilizing, pain-relieving, and circulatory effects. When applied correctly, the Latex-free Kinesio tape stabilizes the joints and stretches the muscles without limiting movement or providing unnecessary compression. The tape is extremely durable. An application can last several days since the tape is waterproof and sweat-proof. And if you suffer from skin-sensitivities, the adhesive is hypoallergenic. Kinesio taping is safe for anyone pediatric to geriatric!
Taping is proven to have positive physiological effects on the lymphatic and circulatory system, skin, joints, muscles, tendons, and fascia. It can be used alongside our chiropractic or physical therapy treatments and modalities within Advanced Health Professionals. We find it is most effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases of an injury, and we also use taping for preventative measures.
What does Kinesiology Tape do?
The main function of Kinesio tape is it allows you to stay active and enjoy safe participation in sports and activities with noticeably less pain and discomfort. Unlike other types of athletic taping that is meant to limit motion or provide compression for the reduction of swelling, Kinesio taping is designed to provide support and stabilization in injured or weakened areas while allowing full range of motion. The tape doesn’t restrict movement or compress your skin in any way allowing natural motion while still supplying the stabilizing, pain-relieving, and improved circulatory effects we are seeking.
The four main benefits of Kinesio Taping are:
- Promote healing
- Reduce pain
- Prevent injury
- Enhance performance