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Kinesio taping also allows you to have free range of motion. Dr. Cohen, Dr. Wang and Dr. Lenz had to go through special training in order to acquire the skill of Kinesio taping through Dr. Kase approved courses. We use this type of taping method to help patients heal with flexible and stabilizing support. They took courses to become certified in kinesio taping. The tape is applied to different joints or muscles depending on your type of injury.
Kinesio Taping Benefits
Kinesio taping can decrease inflammation, reduce pain, enhance performance, teach muscles to regain function, manage scars, and enable a more effective flow of lymphatic fluid. Kinesio taping can also treat and manage a variety of conditions, including shin splints, knee pain, Achilles tendon pain, patellofemoral stress syndrome, IT band friction syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and muscle pain, soreness, or swelling. This taping technique works well with other rehabilitation methods, such as chiropractic care and physical therapy.
What does it feel like once applied?
Once immediately applied to the area most patients report feeling support but barely note that the tape is on. If applied to the lower extremity they notice a change in their gait immediately and experience less pain. Over time they noticed that the swelling had reduced.
How long should the tape remain on the body?
Our recommendation is that the tape should be taken off after 3 days. If irritation occurs, take it off immediately. This is rare but does occur in some patients. The patient can shower with the tape without affecting the function or benefits of the tape. Many patients state that once they take the tape off the notice is a significant difference. The purpose is not to continue to keep taping but to allow the body to heal itself and we will usually attempt to incorporate additional treatment to build on the positive effect of the Kinesiotape. There are times that we may need to tape 2 or 3 times the joint area but our goal is to taper it once and then progress through the therapy program.