Kinesio Taping

I am proud to announce that I have just received my National Certification to become a KinesioTape® Practitioner. This certification indicates I've not only attended class to learn the techniques of taping but have passed a rigorous national certification exam that demonstrates my competency in the technique.  Other practitioners may provide Kinesio Taping® but currently I am the only practitioner in the Lewisville/Flower Mound area County who has passed the exam and attained this certification and I'm excited to share this amazing technique with you.

What Is Kinesio Taping®?

Kinesio Taping® is a elastic tape that is applied in away to stimulate the body's own natural healing process. Kinesio Taping® works by stimulating the neurological and circulatory systems of the body. Because muscles not only move the body but control circulation of venous blood flow and lymph flows, body temperature etc. the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms and improving function can alleviate symptoms.

The basic concept is that improving the function of the muscles with Kinesio Tape® can activate the body's own healing process by providing appropriate outside assistance to the muscles and other tissues. Employment of Kinesio Taping® creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs and I have seen amazing results.

While Kinesio Tape® has existed for a number of years it has only recently gained exposure in the West.  For the first 10 years, orthopedists, chiropractors, acupuncturists and other medical practitioners were the main users of Kinesio Taping®. Soon thereafter, Kinesio Taping® was discovered by Olympic volleyball players in Japan and word quickly spread to other athletes.

Today, Kinesio Taping® is widely accepted by medical practitioners worldwide.

Um, OK.  That was pretty technical.  So what Can It Do?
In a nutshell, it can make you feel better by helping your body to function more efficiently.  If you're tense or tight, it can relax an overly contracted muscle.  If you're recovering from an injury or have a condition that requires support it can prop up a weak muscle. It can make a joint function better. It can relieve pain, reduce swelling, help with lymphatic flow to help the body process metabolic wastes.

Is it that stuff I saw on the Olympics?

It sure is!  Check it out the Olympic Coverage of use of Kinesio Taping® here

What Is it Used For?
It is effective on a number of conditions.  This is a listing of common uses for Kinesio Taping® but it by no means an exhaustive listing: carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring, groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre- and post-surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method.

How Does it Work?
On skin, the Kinesio Tape® pulls the upper layers of skin, creating more space between the dermis and the muscle. The space created is believed to relieve pressure on the lymph channels in the area between the muscle and the dermis, creating more space for lymph flow and thus better lymph drainage through an affected area. This space also houses various nerve receptors that send specific information to the brain. When the space between the epidermis and the muscle is compressed, such as during an injury, these nerve receptors are compressed and send information to the brain regarding continuous touch, light touch, cold, pain, pressure, and heat. This information causes the brain to send out certain signals to the body on how to react to particular stimuli. Kinesio Tape® alters the information that these receptors send to the brain and causes a less reactive response in the body, allowing the body to work in a more normal manner and removing some of the roadblocks that normally slow down the healing process.

Kinesio Tape® also is felt to affect deeper tissues in the body. Increased space theoretically allows muscles greater contractility, which in turn pushes more fluid through the muscle, resulting in better muscle performance. The end results are believed to be reduced muscle fatigue, increase in range of motion, and better quality of muscle contraction.

Kinesio Tex Tape® is used to improve joint alignment by affecting the muscles and fascia and can reduce poor function of a joint by influencing opposing muscle groups and joint mobility.

How Long Does it Last?

The tape is all cotton and hypoallergenic with an acrylic based adhesive. It is normally worn for three to four days at a time. You can shower in it and just pat it dry.

How Much Does it Cost?

I charge $15.00 per area that I tape and offer a discounted rate of two areas for $25.00 and $10 for each additional area.  If you'd like to try it out I am offering the first taping for free in my office.

Have an athletic event, a group or team that would like to try out taping?  Email me for special pricing for me come to your site and tape your team!