Kinesio taping involves placing strips of flexible tape on your body in specific directions to help support your joints, muscles, and tendons. The flexible property of the tape can help to facilitate proper motor patterns without restricting your range of motion. Kinesio taping is a safe treatment option that many physical therapists use to help people reach their treatment goals.
What is kinesio tape used for?
Physical therapists use kinesio taping for a variety of different goals, including:
- Treating injuries and reducing pain
- Adding extra support to muscles or joints to support weak areas
- Re-training muscle patterns to correct posture and form
- Protect against injury and enhance performance
- Managing scar tissue
- Improving circulation to reduce swelling
How do I know if kinesio tape will be helpful for my injury?
Kinesio tape is a generally safe treatment that can be trialed for various injuries. The adhesive on major brands is latex-free and hypoallergenic, so it shouldn’t cause an allergic reaction. There are a few circumstances where kinesio tape should not be used, including:
- Over open wounds
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Active cancer
- Lymph node removal
- Diabetes with reduced sensation
- Severe adhesive allergy
- Fragile skin
Your physical therapist will consider your medical history and specific injury to determine if kinesio taping will add value to your treatment. Contact Breakthru Physical Therapy + Fitness today to get more information on kinesio taping or schedule an appointment here.
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