A physical therapy treatment program may incorporate kinesiotaping methods, to facilitate the reduction of pain and inflammation in overworked muscles, through the application of a supportive, yet highly elasticized therapeutic tape, to a patient’s various extremities. Kinesiotaping allows a full range of motion and functioning in patients, and is particularly useful in the domain of sports medicine, providing stabilization to Olympians and athletes while in practice, or on the field, helping to reduce the likelihood of first time or repeat injuries. Kinesiotaping is also a popular treatment method for non-athletes as well, providing joint support, promoting improved circulation, and accelerating the healing process for different types of musculoskeletal injuries or discomforts. Kinesiotaping is also used by physical therapists to prolong the benefits of manual therapy and is also useful in the process of correcting the misalignment of joints and tissues, in addition to supporting the process of neuromuscular system re-education.
Kinesiotaping methods rely on the application of Kinesio® Tex Tape to a treatment area, in one of several configurations that aligns with certain alphabetic characters (X or Y for example). A physical therapist will complete a patient evaluation prior to application, to determine how the tape should be positioned on the body, to provide the right amount of support and tension. Kinesio® Tex Tape can be worn for days at a time, typically remaining in place for up to five days before a new application is needed, and maybe worn in the shower without loss of adhesion. It should be noted that while kinesiotaping provides patients with many important benefits, it should only be applied by a specially trained physical therapist or Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner (CKTP) at a physical therapy clinic or sports medicine facility.
Kinesiotaping may be used to treat a wide range of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological, and medical conditions from head toe, including ankle sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, groin injury, hamstring problems, knee and shoulder conditions, lower back strain or pain, muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients, patellar tracking, pinched nerves, plantar fasciitis, pre-surgical and post-surgical edema, rotator cuff injury, tennis elbow, and whiplash.
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