The Kinesiotaping Method and the
corrective application of Kinesiotaping Techniques began in 1973 in
Japan and was introduced to the United States in 1995. When Sally learned
of its potential therapeutic applications her desire to provide for her
clients the best clinical treatment, she immediately began pursuing
knowledge and training in Kinesiotaping.
In January of 2003 Sally became
a Certified Kinesiotaping Practitioner (CKTP). She has been using
Kinesiotape in her practice ever since.
Pain and muscular dysfunction
due to weakness, overexertion or injury can be addressed with the use of
Kinesio Tape. Kinesiotape application is different from other taping
methods. Where traditional taping methods concentrate on immobilization
for stability, Kinesiotape can be used to bring about stability while
allowing muscular functionality.
Currently there are 6 different
corrective applications used by Kinesiotaping Practitioners.
These applications include: mechanical, fascia, space, ligament/tendon,
functional and lymphatic. Several of these correction techniques may have
overlapping applications and the Kinesiotaping Practitioner determines the
most appropriate application.
One of the marvelous aspects of
Kinesio Tape is that can be applied to the entire body and within a
short time of its application, the client becomes physically unaware of
its presence. Pain reduction with Kinesiotape application is typically
50% or greater within 15 minutes or less. We typically see pain
reduction of 95% or greater with each treatment. There is an immediate
pain reduction response which appears to increase or be stimulated by
every movement following each treatment. One of the marvelous
aspects of Kinesiotape is that it works for and with you 24/7.
Which means the entire time you are wearing the properly taped
application, the tape sends messaging through neural pathways and
creates positive proprioceptive responses. In short, applied
correctly, the tape creates a positive change in the body which sends
messages to reduce pain and to assist in muscular function; so, an
individual can move more freely without pain and begin to recover more
rapidly if an injury has occurred.
Where muscular weakness is
present the client will feel support and stability and will have the
ability to begin muscular strengthening practice. When muscles have been
stressed due to trauma or overexertion Kinesio Tape application can bring
near immediate release and relief. It is the desired result which
influences the practitioner to choose the appropriate application.
Applied one way the tape sends messages to the muscles to become
tighter, stronger, applied another way it sends a signal to become
looser. Common uses of Kinesiotaping include
but are not limited to: knee pain, patellar tracking, shin splints,
hamstring strain, Achilles tendonitis, shoulder pain, back pain, herniated
discs, edema (swelling) and more.
Its application in sports
injuries has been discovered by professional sports teams of all types
and is becoming more widely used and accepted every year. Our local
AF2 football team can attest to its effectiveness --- Sally provided Kinesiotaping for the Tri-City Fever for several years! College
and even high school sports departments are discovering it as well; but
don't think that its use is limited to sports injuries! Anyone can
now enjoy the relief that Kinesio Tape can bring. We're sure you
will agree after the very first application!
So what does this mean for the
average person? Well, it means there is a non-invasive,
non-drug treatment available to you to reduce or eliminate pain
immediately. Neck, back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee, ankle pain,
pain almost anywhere can be reduced through Kinesiotaping treatments. A
Kinesiotaping treatment can assist in preventing an injury. When
you know you have a general weakness in an area and you are going to be
more active, simply have a treatment application to support the known
weakness. It can assist when recovering from injury, surgery or
simply assist in improving your quality of life. For example,
Sally has applied Kinesiotape to clients who enjoy outdoor activities
but who, in the past, refrained from these events due to pain and
swelling in their knees following activities e.g. climbing Mt. Adams
with the family, or skiing, or hiking. Now these clients come in
for a treatment before participating in an event, they get the benefit
of enjoying the social activity, without experiencing past painful
consequences. It's opened up a whole new outlook on life and being
Kinesiotape is a treatment
that can be used to augment other therapies, e.g. chiropractic, or
physical therapy. When used in conjunction with these therapies
progress seems to occur more rapidly, and in the case of chiropractic,
adjustments seem to last longer. Taping in the weeks prior to
surgery can dramatically reduce pain, assist in stabilizing the joint
and create a more normal movement pattern, while waiting for the
necessary restructuring work. Following more traumatic treatments
like shoulder or knee surgery Kinesiotaping not only decreases pain, it
can be used to assist the patient in increasing range of motion, and
general muscle strengthening can occur more rapidly than without
Kinesiotape. Not only that but, the experience of pain during or
following therapy is greatly reduced or eliminated, and recovery
following physical exertion occurs more rapidly. So, if you have
some issue with pain, and would like relief sooner rather than later
perhaps you should try a Kinesiotaping treatment. Just do it.
Unless of course, you are afraid of parting company with your pain!
Contact Us for an appointment
to try this marvelous new approach to pain relief and healing. Sally can be reached at (509) 554-2256. Let Sally prove to you that you really
will "Feel The Difference!"
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