Chiropractic Care and Kinesio Taping
Kinesio tape, also known as kinesiology tape, K tape, and a variety of brand names, is a specialized support product that is used to help injuries heal without reducing functionality or range of motion. Chiropractic care and kinesiology tape go very well together, for a number of reasons. Here at Chiropractic of Bellevue, we help patients with a variety of problems learn how to properly use kinesiology tape to support their bodies.
What Kinesio Tape Is
Kinesio tape is a stretchy, latex-free adhesive tape designed to be applied directly to the skin. It is cut into specific lengths and applied over the area in a pattern determined by its use. When taping joints, the tape is often applied in a pattern that mimics the placement of certain tendons or ligaments. However, it can be applied in pretty much any pattern, depending on your injury.
How Our Chiropractor Uses Kinesio Tape
The main function of Kinesio tape is to support an injured body part without reducing your ability to use it. Because immobility is not good for many injuries, the tape functions as a sort of moving support that helps protect the injured joint without having to stop moving it. Many athletes find Kinesio taping extremely useful because they do not have to stop performing in order to use it effectively. Our chiropractor finds many uses for Kinesio tape here in Bellevue WA.
There are other functions of Kinesio tape that may or may not apply, depending on your injury:
- Pain reduction via stimulation of the nerves under the skin
- Inflammation reduction caused by improved fluid drainage due to the lifting of the skin by the tape
- Protection of weak joints or tissues while still allowing strengthening exercises
Our chiropractor utilizes Kinesio taping as one of the possible methods for treating injuries and weak body parts here in Bellevue WA. We have found it to be especially useful when you are dealing with shoulder injuries, but Kinesio tape can be used on most parts of the body.
What Makes Kinesio Taping Unique
Kinesio taping is unique both because of the product itself and its use. Kinesio tape is strong, lightweight, with a long-lasting hold that remains on the skin even when wet. This makes it much more practical to use, especially if you have an injury that you cannot learn to tape yourself. There are other types of athletic tape, but they do not all work the same way. Call us today at (425) 802-5432.