Now offering Kinesio Tape!

This is a cotton tape that attempts to release muscular and fascial adhesions that occurs of previous trauma, inflammation and poor posture over time.

Kinesio Tape was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase and has been used since 1979. This tape has been used in Japan on professional athletes far 25 years.

The main goal when using Kinesio tape is to restore normal function to affected areas by accomplishing proprieceptive feedback. Proprieception involves the balancing mechanisms in the body with its gross diameter being standing, the operation of torso, hips, knees, ankles, shoulders and even the head. Importantly other operations incorporate many smaller muscle movements such as finger movement and even leaning forward or backward. The taping also reduces edema and aids in regulating lymphatic congestion. This is achieved by acting as a second skin, lifting the skin, allowing drainage of extra fluid; acts like a massage.

An interesting effect of friction massage is the creation of anesthesia. The gate theory of pain model indicates that stimulation of the large-fiber mechanoreceptors causes presynaptic inhibition at the spinal cord preventing the small-diameter fibers from reaching the consciousness (within 3 minutes of friction anesthesia begins). The more times this anesthesia occurs the less time it takes to produce the same effects. However this doesn’t seem to occur on severely inflamed tissues.

The tape helps contracted muscles relax but diminishing the work that the muscle has to work. It also helps weakened muscles “turn on” to help them work how they are suppose to work, restoring the natural ability of the body to do its normal function (again referring to balance). To enhance muscle contraction, the tape is applied origin to insertion of that muscle, and conversely, to diminish muscle contraction it is applied insertion to origin.

Kinesio Tape is a functional tape that helps increase motion in inhibited areas while acting as a brace to support the injured area.

Overuse conditions respond within 2 weeks to 2 months under rigorous treatment of 3 times a week.

Exercising and stretching for awareness of correct posture and function are also incorporated to “reeducate” parts involved.

by Jacob Bell, DC