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Kinesio, Rocktape, & Spider Tech Taping
Our Doctors are trained in Kinesio, RockTape, & KT Kinesiology Taping and Dr. Snyder is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP).
What Does Kinesiology Taping Do?
In contrast, traditional sports taping is wrapped around a joint strictly for stabilization and support during a sporting event obstructing the flow of bodily fluids... an UNDESIRABLE side-effect.
Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between. Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring injury, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method, and as a support method.
Muscles constantly extend and contract within a normal range; however, when muscles over-extend and over-contract, such as when lifting an excessive amount of weight, muscles cannot recover and become inflamed. When a muscle is inflamed, swollen or stiff due to fatigue, the space between the skin and muscle is compressed, resulting in constriction to the flow of lymphatic fluid. This compression also applies pressure to the pain receptors beneath the skin, which in turn communicates "discomfort signals" to the brain and the person experiences PAIN. This type of pain is known as myalgia, or muscular pain.
Conventional athletic tape is designed to restrict the movement of affected muscles and joints. For this purpose, several layers of tape must be rolled around and/or over the afflicted area, applying significant pressure, resulting in the obstruction of the flow of bodily fluids...an UNDESIRABLE side-effect as mentioned earlier. This is also the reason athletic tape is generally applied immediately before the sports activity, and removed immediately after the activity is finished. On the other hand, Kinesio Taping is based on a different philosophy that aims to give free range of motion in order to allow the body's muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically.
To ensure that the muscles have free range of motion, tape with an elasticity of 130-140% of its original length is used for Kinesio Taping. This specific elasticity also will not allow an over stretch of the muscles themselves. It may look like conventional athletic tape, but Kinesio Tape is fundamentally different.
Without a doubt, the Kinesio Taping Technique is unique. However, the full benefits were not possible until Kinesio® Tape was developed.
The Kinesio Taping method requires a tape that is skin friendly, possesses optimum elastic qualities, the same thickness as the skin, and is durable enough to stay on multiple days even through sweat and showers.
Kinesio Tape is an elastic hypoallergenic tape, which works with the fascial, lymphatic and musculoskeletal systems. Kinesio Tape is only one of the three medically accepted tapes in North America to provide the unique features that are essential to the Kinesio Taping Method.
Without getting too technical, Kinesio Tape is applied over the affected area with the muscles in a stretched position. Then, the Kinesio Tape is applied from one end of the muscle to the other with varying amounts of stretch to the tape. The tape is applied from the muscle origin to the insertion for muscle support / facilitation. For rehabilitation / muscular inhibition, Kinesio Tape is applied from muscle insertion to the muscle origin.