What is the Kinesio Taping Method
Why let injuries keep you down and prevent from having fun and playing sports with your team when you can get back on your feet in no time. Thanks to Dr. Barak Meraz, a seasoned sports chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Meraz uses the Kinesio taping method to help return your body back to its ideal state.
The Kinesio taping method is a tried and tested technique that has helped a lot of people recover from injuries in a stress-free and effective manner. Using the Kinesio taping method, you get to do what you love and heal at the same time. Come and let one of the best sports chiropractors in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Meraz, take care of you.
WHAT IS THE KINESIO TAPING METHOD?
The Kinesio taping method is all about using the Kinesio tex tape to provide support and stability to the muscles and joints. And unlike the athletic tape, the Kinesio tex tape doesn’t restrict movement but rather, it gives one the freedom to move about while holding the muscles and joints in their right positions. The corrective effects of the Kinesio taping method affect the joints, lymphatic, circulatory, muscular, neural and fascial systems. Kinesio taping in conjunction with other physical therapy can be used to improve posture, aid lymph movement, change muscle tone and much more.
To get the most out of the Kinesio taping method Dr. Meraz will evaluate the athlete’s condition and then make informed decisions on how to best use the Kinesio tex tape and other treatment methods to achieve the best possible results.
The Kinesio tex tape can be worn for multiple days, it doesn’t prevent or stall movement in any way.
The Kinesio taping method and the Kinesio tape were first developed by Dr. Kenzo Kaze, a Japanese chiropractor. His intentions were to develop a solution that lets patients heal without restricting their movement. The Kinesio taping method allows the muscles to move while improving blood flow, reducing pain and speeding up healing.
HOW DOES KINESIIO TAPE WORK?
According to doctor Kenzo Kaze, the Kinesio taping method was developed with four major goals in mind.
- To reduce pain when moving an injured muscle
- To increase blood flow around the injured area
- To stimulate healing
- To allow for better joint movement
But how does a piece of tape achieve all this? How does a “sticky tape” have such remarkable effects on our body? Here’s how.
When the Kinesio tape is applied to the skin, it pulls the skin and creates some space between the skin and the muscle. This space created does a lot of “magic”. On most occasions when we try to perform an action using an injured muscle, we end up holding back and being super careful. This is because our brain receives signals of pain and discomfort from the injured muscles, thereby limiting our ability to use that muscle the way we desire to. The Kinesio tape eliminates all that.
Because of the space created between the skin and the muscle, the muscle can now freely “breathe”, the pain we feel is drastically reduced, and blood and lymph flow are improved. The brain no longer tries to hold us back when we try to use the injured muscle. All this contributes to a speedy recovery.
WHAT IS THE KINESIO TAPE?
The Kinesio Tex tape is made from latex-free cotton fiber. The tape has properties of elasticity and stretches up to 60% of its original length. The tape intrinsically doesn’t possess any medicinal abilities, but can be used by a trained professional to support injured muscles or joints, improve circulation, reduce pain and aid healing. The adhesive on the tape is medicinal-grade, so it sticks and can stay in place for up to 5 days.
The tape can be cut to fit specific applications, but the most common shapes resemble the alphabets “I”, “X”, and “Y”.
So, since the Kinesio tape is a “very sticky tape”, what makes it great for physiotherapeutic applications? Why use the Kinesio tape as opposed to a regular athlete tape?
BENEFITS OF USING THE KINESIO TAPE
- The Kinesio Tape can be applied with varying levels of tension. So, therefore, it can be used to gently guide injured muscles or joints back into the right positions.
- Because the Kinesio tape can be cut into various shapes and sizes, it can provide support for virtually any part of the body. Athletes can use it in muscle groups that are most likely to get injured.
- The Kinesio tape reduces pain by pulling fluid away from the affected areas. It creates a space between the skin and muscles. So, pain due to abrasion between the skin and muscle is eliminated.
- The Kinesio tape is an important tool in any sports chiropractor’s arsenal and can be used in conjunction with other treatments for injury prevention and healing.
WHO IS USING THE KINESIO TAPE?
Chiropractors, physiotherapists, athlete trainers, nurses all use the Kinesio tape for a wide variety of injuries. Being non-medicinal in nature, the tape can be used by both kids and adults. Also, being latex-free, the tape can be used by the majority, persons who are allergic to latex have nothing to worry about.
The Kinesio tape can be used by people who do not engage in sporting activities, but however, some athletes have used it to great effect, most notably seven-time Tour de France winner, Cyclist Lance Armstrong.
To apply the Kinesio tape, you can find instructional videos and articles online, but you are advised to seek professional help from a licensed chiropractor in Fort Lauderdale. Applying the tape wrong will do more harm than good.
This is where Dr. Barak Meraz comes in. He is trained to use the Kinesio taping method to help you speedily recover from any muscle or bone-related injuries. If you are in or near Fort Lauderdale, and you need the services of a sports chiropractor, Dr. Meraz is your guy. Contact Carpe Diem Chiropractic today: 954-980-5483.