Taping and Me
Kinesiology taping is a rehabilitative technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. The tape serves different functions when applied. It helps to create balance in the circulation within associated muscles, tendons, joints, and skin. This results in reduction of pain, decreased swelling, and improvement in muscle performance and function.
Benefits of kinesiology taping:
Reduces muscle fatigue and spasms
Relieves pain by activating the natural analgesic system in our skin
Facilitates weakened muscles
Lessens swelling by decreasing pressure between the skin and underlying tissue
Provides support and stability of an unstable joint
Helps mobilize scar tissue caused by trauma or injury
Helps correct joint mechanics by aiding muscle function around the joint
Kinesiology taping can also help your back pain. According to research, continuous application of the tape on the back may provide supplementary treatment method for acute low back pain. The addition of KT application to the exercise program appears to be more effective than exercise-rehabilitation program alone. Following the application of the tape, the reported pain scale gradually decreased. In addition active range of motion in the lower back, which was limited due to pain, increased progressively.
Therapeutic taping has been an incredible supplement in prevention and recovery of multiple areas of the body. While there is still a huge need for continued research, kinesiology taping is an excellent supplement in chiropractic treatment.
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