Scottsdale Kinesiology Taping

What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesiology tape is the brightly colored, stretchy, therapeutic tape that first gained attention while being worn by gold medal athletes in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  It is commonly used as an adjunct in the treatment and prevention of sports injuries as well as many orthopedic, neuromuscular and inflammatory conditions. Depending on the patient's condition or injury, kinesiology tape is utilized a variety of patterns and application techniques to provide stability to joints and muscles so that pain and inflammation are reduced, tired muscles are relaxed and consistently active muscles are supported.  It is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows it to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of movement.

What Makes Kinesiology Tape Different?
Traditional athletic tape is thick and non-elastic and is wrapped tightly around an injured area to provide rigid support and restrict movement.  It must be removed immediately after activity to restore movement and circulation.  Kinesiology tape, on the other hand, is thin and flexible to provide support while allowing a safe and functional range of motion.  Rather than being wrapped completely around an injured area, kinesiology tape is applied directly over or around the periphery of the area of injury.  Most applications can be worn for 3-5 days even during intense exercise, showering, bathing or swimming.  The therapeutic benefits accumulate 24/7 while the tape is being worn.

Benefits of Kinesiology Taping

Pain Relief
Both the physical action of the tape on the skin as well as its interaction with neurosensory receptors of the body allow it to provide relief of either acute or chronic pain.  This is especially effective for pain from "hot" injuries, where the intensity of the pain is out of proportion to the severity of the injury.

Reduced Swelling and Inflammation
By creating a gentle "lift" on the skin, kinesiology tape reduces pressure on the lymphatic drainage channels and enhances removal of fluids and other materials that collect in an injured area.  This applies not only to sports injuries, but also to post-surgical recovery and other inflammatory conditions including repetitive strain injuries and lymphedema (severe swelling of the extremities).

Prevents and/or Relieves Spasms and Cramping
Utilizing the same mechanisms that reduce inflammation, kinesiology taping can prevent or relieve spasms and cramps in overused or injured muscles.

Speedier Recovery of Overused Muscles
Fatigued, overused muscles contain inflammatory byproducts that contribute to pain, stiffness and limit the ability to continue your workout or finish an event.  When kinesiology tape is applied to these overworked areas it enhances the removal of these byproducts and adds a functional layer of support.  This translates into improved performance in high intensity endurance sports and a more complete recovery between events.

Allows Athletes to Remain Active While Injured
This is one of the most important benefits of kinesiology taping for competitive athletes.  When used as a therapeutic athletic tape, kinesiology tape can prevent either over-stretching or over-contraction of injured tissue.  Except in the case of severe injuries, this can allow athletes to continue training and/or competing as their injury heals.

Enhances Strength and Muscle Tone in Weak or Poorly Toned Muscles
Poor posture as well as certain neurological or muscular disorders can make muscles so weak that it is almost impossible to maintain proper posture or do the exercises or that are critical to improving daily function.  kinesiology tape not only provides support to these muscles, but it can also improve muscle activation.  This permits therapeutic exercise and postural corrections to be carried out more effectively. 

*Ask about adding kinesiology taping to your therapy session to enhance and extend the therapeutic benefits of your treatment.  You can also schedule a "taping-only" session before an activity or event to help support overworked muscles & joints, increase endurance, prevent injury & reduce pain. 

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                                                  Bodies in Balance Orthopedic Massage & Stretch Therapy
                                                                            14301 N. 87th Street, Suite 108
                                                                                   Scottsdale, AZ  85260
                                                                                           (480) 314-5033
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