What is Kinesio taping?
Kinesio taping is a method of taping injuries to increase circulation, decrease pain and facilitate joint movement. While old school tradition taping treatments were designed to restrict movement to injured muscles, today we know that keeping muscles moving and improving circulation, reduce pain and speed healing. That's the science that inspired the father of kinesiology taping, Japanese chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase, to develop a muscle treatment in 1979 that he named the Kinesio Taping Method. This taping method gently lifts the layer of skin and attached tissue covering a muscle so that blood and other body fluids can move more freely in and around that muscle. This is done with a thin tape made of a porous cotton fiber that allows for movement.
Although the most visible signs of kinesio tape in the media are strips of colorful tape on elite athletes, any one can benefit from this treatment. In our practice we utilize taping for acute soft tissue injuries of the spine secondary to auto accidents, any spinal or joint pain due to overuse or abuse as well as weekend warriors headed for their sport of choice to high school and club level athletes. The tape can also be used to optimize musculoskeletal performance by stimulating activation of a poorly performing muscle. The elasticity incorporated in the tape creates a stretching sensation when a muscle is stretched improperly reminding the patient to correct the posture or position.
Realizing the benefits of this treatment, we have brought this modality to Bay City Rehab and Wellness and offer this as yet another service.