Kinesiotaping is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints. A unique aspect of the tape is its
elastic nature, which provides support without restricting a joint or the body’s range of motion. Because the tape is latexfree and effective over several days of wearing, it helps maintain the gains made during a physical therapy treatment session between physical therapy visits.
Physical therapy patients often ask what can be done to help maintain the soft tissue lengthening gains made during a physical therapy session. The answer lies in Kinesiotape: The tape, when properly applied after manual therapy treatments, can extend, for several days, the lengthening benefits of fascia, muscle, tendon and ligament gained during the handson physical therapy treatment session. Safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, Kinesiotaping successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological Kinesiotape can be used alone, or as an adjunct to other modalities and treatments administered during the physical therapy session. It can be applied in hundreds of ways. Technique of application varies based upon the specific findings and goals identified during the physical therapy evaluation, but primarily in three ways:
1.) By the cut of the tape: Single "I" strips or modifications of the tape are made in the shape of an "X", "Y" or other specialized shape,
dependent upon the condition being treated.
2.) By the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape during application: Different degrees of stretch are placed on the tape specific
3.) By the position in which the joint or extremity is placed during application of the tape: Kinesiotape is most often placed on the skin in a position of stretch of the affected muscle or muscles surrounding a specific joint or area being treated.
The goals of kinesiotaping include:
1.) Reeducating the neuromuscular system, through muscle facilitation or inhibition, thereby enhancing performance and
2.) Reducing pain, by affecting different sensory receptors responsible for pain modulation, therebye decreasing the brain’s perception of pain.
3.) Reducing inflammation and bruising, by facilitating lymphatic drainage. This occurs when convolutions in the elastic tape microscopically lift the skin, increasing space between the layers of skin and fascia, allowing for improved lymphatic flow with a subsequent decrease in inflammation of the targeted area.
4.) Promoting circulation, thereby promoting healing and enhancing recovery following injury or surgery.
5.) Providing protective external structural support to an unstable joint, unsupportive ligament or tendon, or underperforming muscle.
The varied colors of the tape have no bearing on the properties of the tape. However, color association often seems to help improve negative emotions and attitudes that surround the frustration of pain and injury.
The effects of Kinesiotaping really must be experienced in order to be believed. In our active Aspen community, staying physically fit and active is not just goal, it is a way of life. Many times throughout our active four seasons muscle, tendon, and ligament strains and sprains haunt us from foot problems related to hiking or running, spinal or extremity muscle strains related to overuse, ergonomic injuries experienced on the job, injuries sustained on the mountain bike, in the yoga class, on the slopes, or in the gym. Kinesiotaping can be a good option to help you "get through" these tougher times while still participating in seasonal fun. Cheap, easy to apply, specific to your injury, and easily learned under the guidance of a physical therapist trained in the Kinesiotaping method, Kinesiotape can be a helpful adjunct in allowing you to participate in the Aspen activities that you love while recuperating from your injury.