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Kinesio Taping

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Dr. Ralph Kruse has a certificate in Kinesio Taping and has been utilizing it for many years for conditions including ankle sprains and plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back and neck pain, knee and shoulder injuries (rotator cuff tendonitis and impingement), tennis elbow and patellar tracking problems (patellofemoral joint dysfunction).

Kinesio Tape is an elastic therapeutic tape used for treating sports injuries and other injuries of the muscles, tendons and joints. When a muscle or joint is swollen from injury, the space between it and the skin becomes compressed, causing pain. Unlike conventional taping, Kinesio Tape lifts the skin, easing pain and absorbing inflammation.

Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without restricting circulation or range of motion. Rather, it is effective in assisting motion, helping improve circulation, and providing protection from injury or re-injury as the body returns to normal function.  In this way it mimics the body’s own healing process, reducing inflammation and providing stability to injured joints. The tape is designed to mimic the weight and thickness of skin, and can stay in place for about five days. The elastic strands are wrapped with cotton fibers which allow quick drying so the tape can be worn in the shower or while swimming.

From:  http://www.kinesiotaping.com/about/kinesio-taping-method

The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin.  This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.

Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio® Tex Tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation.  The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the Kinesio® Tex Tape application and other possible treatments or modalities.  With the utilization of single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X”, “Y” or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application, Kinesio® Tex Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimize performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.

The Kinesio Benefit.  It has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities within your clinic and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases on an injury as well as being used for preventative measures.

Many different medical professionals are using Kinesio tape, including chiropractors and orthopaedists. Kinesio taping is used by athletes around the world, including many Olympians. From beach volleyball to track and field to diving, the tape, often of various colors, could be seen frequently used on shoulders, legs, and lower backs during the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Dr. Kruse uses Kinesio Tape in addition to other treatment modalities received at Chiropractic Care in Homewood and Chicago.

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