Kinesio Taping - Chiropractic Care, Ltd.
Dr. Ralph Kruse has a certificate in Kinesio Taping and has been utilizing it for many years. Kinesio Tape is an elastic therapeutic tape used for treating sports injuries. When a muscle 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, all without restricting range of motion.
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 without restricting range of motion.
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.
Some of the conditions which respond well to Kinesio taping include 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).
Many different medical professionals are using Kinesio tape, including chiropractors and orthopedists. Kinesio taping is used by athletes around the world (e.g. Serena Williams, David Beckham), including many Olympians as we saw in the most recent 2012 London Olympic Games. From beach volleyball to track and field to diving, the colorful tape could be seen in frequent use on shoulders, legs, and lower backs.