Kinesio® Taping Method , or K-Tape, involves utilizing a special elastic-like tape over and around muscles and/or joints in order to assist and give support to affected tissues as well as to prevent over-contraction. Basically, there are times when the muscles are in spasm (too tight) or too weak and applying the tape to these areas can make patients feel immediately better. It can also be applied to support a joint, tendon, or ligament — all in the name of pain relief.
While most people think of tape as a restrictor of motion, this type kinesiotaping is designed to support and facilitate normal motion. This is a very effective treatment option for many sports injuries including runner's knee, heel spurs, chronic ankle sprain and rotator cuff strain. With this method the patient can still be a full participant in the activities which he or she desires, just with a bit of aid. Just ask Olympic, professional, collegiate, and amateur athletes of all sports how helpful it can be!
This method works differently for different injuries. It can lift and support the kneecap, hold it in place for Runner’s Knee, and support sagging muscles along the arch of the foot, relieving Plantar’s Fasciitis. It can also lift the stress off of shin splints to allow pain release and give the body a better opportunity to recover. This taping method can also reduce inflammation and increase circulation, which prevents muscle cramping and lactic acid buildup.
Dr Ray is a certified Level 1 FMT Kinesio-tape provider.