Check out this video on how Kinesio Tape works and is used from basic injuries to professional sports teams. For more information on Kinesio Tape, visit their website at www.kinesiotaping.com.

Taping Techniques

Kinesiology Tape

 

The Kinesio Taping Method is a state of the art taping technique designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It utilizes thin strips of adhesive tape with special flexible properties that help to support muscle, decrease inflammation, correct and stabilize joint problems and promote healing. Developed more than 25 years ago in Japan by Dr. Kenzo Kase, Kinesiotape has become the gold standard in therapeutic taping.

 

 

Functional Taping

 

White Mountain Chiropractic & Rehabilitation utilizes numerous taping techniques based on patients individual conditions. The three main methods for taping include: 

 

1. Neurosensory 

  • Stimulates receptors in the skin leading to a decreased perception of pain (you feel the tape instead of the pain). 

  • Restores normal muscle tone by stimulating skin receptors and reflexively through the spinal cord establishes the proper muscle activation and function. 

  • Possibly breaks the chronic pain cycles in patients by altering sensory perception in the central nervous system returning irritability of these nerves to a normal state.

2. Structurally

  • Structurally Prevent harmful ranges of motion without a hard end feel.

  • Dynamically supports better postural positions.

  • Enhance biomechanical postures during sports and activities.

  • Reduce strain on affected muscles and joints.

  • Dynamically treat hyper-mobility.

3. Microcirculatory

  • Creates changes in the pressure under the skin effectively creating channels to sweep away swelling and bruising.

  • Improves superficial blood flow to enhance healing to injured tissue.

  • Removes chemical irritants and inflammatory markers that produce a perpetual state of injury.

Specific Proprioceptive Response Taping (SPRT)

 

SPRT taping, developed by Dr. Tim Brown, helps determine the direction necessary for proper approximation and compression of injured tissues. SPRT gives greater relief from the injury in movement patterns. Due to the types of tapes used, SPRT is very supportive of injured or torn tissues while still allowing for proper range of motion with activity.