Kinesiotaping

The most common use:

    • joint instability
    • Achilles tendon pain
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • muscle and joint pain
    • lymphedema (swelling)
    • improves muscle function

This method uses a flexible tape called “Tape” (the tape). This approach is relatively new and revolutionary. It is used both sports medicine and rehabilitation as well as in conventional practice. This technique was developed in the early seventies by Japanese chiropractor Dr.Kenzo Kas. The world knows this method variously as Kinesio-Tape, Tape or Medi-Aku-Tape, depending on its use and user.

The tape is made from cotton fabric with elastic properties similar to those of the human skin, s it fits very on the skin with a gentle fit. Thanks to its elasticity it allows the treated muscles to actively work (such movement is limited in classic bandaging) and protects them throughout their course of their movement.

Kinesiotape can offer limited support, but on the other hand can also activate just those muscles that are treated by this technique. Kinesiotaping is a perfect supplement to other healing techniques such as: massage, manual therapy as well as therapeutic exercise.

One of the important effects Mounted Kinesiotaping is pain relief without the use of analgesics. When properly applied, allows for faster healing and functional correction of the healing muscles.

Two basic ways in which kinesiotaping affects our muscles -

  • the stimulation of skin receptors
  • and expansion of the interstitial space.

Kinesio tape acts on the skin receptors simply by being attached to the skin. placement of the tape is like a 24 hour signal for the brain to remind the body to the game more focused.

How and Why does Kineziotaping work?

In the subcutaneous tissue  is an area in which there are pain receptors, small blood and lymph vessels. Trauma to this tissue can trigger an inflammatory reaction. Local swelling causes pressure to increase in the subcutaneous tissue, and causes a disruption in the flow of waste removal and nutrient delivery. The change in the chemical micro-environment activates pain receptors.

Application of Kineziotape on the skin enlarges the the space within the subcutaneous tissue and alleviates the pressure on the pain receptors so the pain quickly subsides. At the same time the flow of body fluids under the skin improves and  stimulates the organism’s auto-repair mechanisms. Through the stimulation of the proprioceptive system muscle  tension is regulated and joint function improves.

Benefits of Kinesiotaping the muscles:

  • improves muscle contraction in weakened muscles
  • restores hypertonic and hypotonic muscles to normal
  • reduces muscle fatigue
  • has an analgesic effect
  • increases the range of motion
  • reduces spasms and the possibility of damage to muscles
  • influences neuronal reflexes

Benefits of Kinseiotaping the joints:

  • regulates the displacement caused by shortening or muscle spasm and thereby induces the correct function of the joint
  • has analgesic
  • improved range of motion
  • Use for problems with lymphedema
  • helps in the reduction of post-traumatic or chronic lymphatic edema

When working with the Kinesiotaping method it is very important to be tested by a trained physiotherapist. Kinesiotape is applied based on a physical exam for specific problem / region. It is not appropriate to use Kineziotape in a “one-size-fits-all” fashion. Application is always based on specific functional examination of the client.

Indications

  • pain in the spine – cervical, thoracic, lumbar
  • muscle pain
  • attachment pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Headache – migraine
  • distortion of joints
  • dislocation of joints
  • frozen shoulder
  • impigement syndrome
  • arthrosis
  • epicondylitis – tennis, golfer’s, javelin thrower’s elbow
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • problems with foot arches
  • halux valgus
  • lymphoedema
  • treatment and healing of scars and more …

Contraindication

  • inflammatory skin affections
  • open skin lesions
  • oily skin

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