Have You Considered Kinesio® Taping as a Pain Relief Method?
Injuries are a reality of life, whether you’re active on a sports team or just like to exercise regularly. Many people choose to suffer from pain from an injury without taking advantage of simple solutions like Kinesio® taping. This treatment method offered at Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy has the potential to address the source of your pain and work to speed along the healing process. Each of our six Maryland locations is staffed with experienced physical therapists who can recommend Kinesio® taping by itself or as a supplement for post-operative physical therapy.
What Is Kinesio® Taping and What Is it For?
Kinesio® tape is specially designed tape used by physical therapists meant to stimulate the healing process without hampering regular body movements. This adhesive works to lift the skin only slightly, but enough to facilitate improved circulation and minimize swelling. Kinesio® tape is also useful for supporting joints and muscles during the healing process after an injury. At Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy, we generally recommend Kinesio® taping for Maryland patients who can benefit both by pain relief and added support in the injured body part. Worried about an allergic reaction to the latex found in many tapes and bandages? Never fear—Kinesio® tape is latex-free, and you’ll be able to wear it for days at a time.
How Kinesio® Taping Works to Reduce Pain and Swelling
Just by looking at Kinesio® tape, it’s difficult to understand how it works to help the healing process along. Although the treatment doesn’t have visible effects, Kinesio® tape works in several ways. Some physical therapists theorize that this tape works by manipulating signals in your nervous system. When Kinesio® tape lifts the skin, the underlying tissues decompress and decrease tension in the trigger point. Physical therapists in Maryland and beyond also believe that Kinesio® tape may improve blood circulation, and in turn, quicken the healing process. Keep in mind that Kinesio® taping is often used in conjunction with other treatments like aquatic physical therapy for optimal results.
Kinesio® Taping Potentially Treats Many Sources of Pain
The providers at Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy have used Kinesio® tape to address a wide variety of issues, including orthopedic, neuromuscular, and neurological conditions. Kinesio® taping has been shown to be effective for the following uses:
- Treating injury and preventing future injury
- Strengthening injured muscles
- Supporting weak muscles
- Avoiding over-stretching and muscle fatigue
- Minimizing the frequency of muscle spasms
- Complementing sports physical therapyand enhancing performance
- Improving the appearance of scars post-surgery
At each of our Maryland locations, we’ve worked with patients looking for pain relief, and we find that Kinesio® taping is often a useful tool in reducing pain from the sources mentioned above. If you think Kinesio® taping may be for you, don’t hesitate to ask our seasoned practitioners. Our physical therapists are always here to answer your frequently asked questions.
Is Kinesio® Taping a Safe Way to Help Your Injury Heal?
Nearly anyone can reap the benefits of Kinesio® tape, and we’ve prescribed its use for everyone from children to our elderly patients. However, the physical therapists at Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy always have your safety in mind when considering treatments, and there are a few circumstances in which Kinesio® taping should not be used as a solution to pain relief. Some common reasons that Kinesio® taping may not be safe for you include:
- Open wounds or injuries: Applying adhesive onto an open could cause infection or other skin damage.
- Certain cancers: Kinesio® taping may increase blood flow, and directing blood flow toward a tumor could be dangerous.
- Diabetes: Diabetic patients may not see adequate results from using Kinesio® tape as a result of decreased sensation.
- Sensitive skin: Some patients’ skin is more sensitive than others. If this is the case for you, the tape could damage your skin.
- Allergies: Although Kinesio® tape is latex-free, it’s essential to be upfront with your Maryland physical therapist about any allergies you may have. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Get in Touch with Our Maryland Physical Therapists
If you think that Kinesio® taping may be the ideal pain relief solution for you, Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy can help you get the treatment you need. We believe that no one should have to deal with pain, and we’re happy to recommend Kinesio® taping and other treatments to minimize your discomfort. Our physical therapists will let you know if your circumstances make you a good candidate for Kinesio® taping and will walk you through applying the tape. Contact us today at any of our Maryland offices to find out more about this no-hassle treatment.