In the world of sports medicine, there’s a consensus on the therapeutic value of taping. I’ve been a Chiropractor since 2003 and can attest to its value. For the past six years, I’ve been a CKTP (Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner) and have had the unique opportunity of helping athletes, from runners to basketball players, achieve a greater level of performance through the combined efforts of Chiropractic and taping.
So how’s it work?
Using clinical experience to diagnose the primary source of pain, I can tape a patient to provide greater stability in ways that will “turn off the muscle by inhibition” or “turn on the muscle through facilitation ”.
The factors of inhibiting and facilitating muscle aid in stabilizing the joint.
Taping may be adapted to the exact outcome over time, as the objective is to learn how to stabilize a dysfunctional area temporarily (with the tape), then learn from the benefits of the taping to instruct patients on tailored corrective exercises (without the tape).
So that’s how it works and why it’s offered at Integrated Chiropractic? But why Kinesio over other tapes?
Kinesio Tex Gold is the preferred tape for CKTP’s. The outcome is better with tension and adhesion. There is a 10% stretch already given to Kinesio Tex Gold with the option to add additional tension to mimic the associate tissue. Additionally, this tape can be customized.
As a CKTP I cut the strip to fit each patient. It’s essential then to understand the anatomy (insertion, origin and motion) of a patient and then prepare the skin for application. Each taping is unique and individualized – giving each taping (if cared for properly), 3-7 days of water-proof wear.
Kinesio Tex Gold can be found in stores with the “classic” name on it.
Kinesio Tex Gold comes in a handful of colors (Red/Pink, Blue, Black, Beige, White) however, the true value lies in the quality of the tape and the practitioner.
Give us a call at 360-516-6296 to schedule.