The Kinesio Benefit

Kinesio Tape is rehabilitative taping that is designed to help the body’s healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints. The tape can be used for all generations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. Kinesio Tape has been widely used by professional athletes for years. It seems you cannot watch a sport on TV without seeing someone with Kinesio Tape on. Olympic athletes, PGA golfers and NFL players can all be seen using this amazing treatment.

Kinesio RockTape red houndstooth 2inch

By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio Tape alleviates pain and helps with lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin, allowing a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas. It brings dormant muscle back to life and calms down the overactive muscles, enabling body movement as if you weren’t hurt. The tape is made from a cotton fiber strip that is acrylic adhesive to the body. It is 100 % latex-free, hypoallergenic and water-resistant. You can wear it for multiple days at a time and it does not limit range of motion.

Among the many benefits of Kinesio Tape, it also makes a big impact on posture. After securing your ideal body posture with the tape, if you begin to deviate from that position, your brain will feel the pull of the tape and cue your body to return to your desired position.

Kinesio tape on back
Kinesio tape on runner

Evaluation and Assessment Are Key

In order to get the desired results from the Kinesio Tape, a full assessment of the patient is necessary. Long Island Chiropractor Dr. Joseph R. Merckling performs manual muscle testing, range of motion testing and gait assessment. After the evaluation is complete, he will use the specific brand of Kinesio Tape, RockTape, in conjunction with other treatments for rehabilitating his patients’ injuries.

It has been proven that Kinesio Tape has positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints.

How Does Kinesio Tape Work?

During an injury, nerve receptors are compressed and send information to the brain causing the brain to send out certain signals to the body on how to react to stimuli. Kinesio Tape alters that information being sent to the brain and causes a less reactive response in the body. For example, have you ever hit your shin, but realize when you rub it that your shin suddenly feels better? That’s exactly what Kinesio Tape does – it helps change how your body intercepts pain, essentially turning down the pain volume. Many patients call it “magic tape.”

Kinesio tape on athlete
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