Kinesio Taping

Today marks the second day of Physical Therapy. I feel like it's making a difference even if it is slow. Today Jadon and I took a 45 minute walk with ups and downs (which I couldn't do before) and I felt ok. Running still hurts but walking is the first step to running again.

The physical therapist taped my knee again and I think it really helped. It's crazy how this kind of taping works. Here's what I learned about it, and a few pictures.

This amazing taping method was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase over 25 years ago in Japan. Since then, KinesioTaping has become the standard for therapeutic and rehabilitative taping. The Kinesio Taping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction.
The first technique gives the practitioner the opportunity to give support while still maintaining full range of motion. This enables the individual to participate in his/her normal physical activities with functional assistance. The second technique, which is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation, helps prevent overuse or over-contraction and helps provide facilitation of lymph flow for an entire 24 hour period.
Using an elastic tape, such as Kinesio® Tex Tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Kinesio® Taping is an innovative approach to treating nerves, muscles and organs.
Since the introduction of Kinesio® Taping in the United States, medical practitioners such as PTs, ATCs, OTs, DCs, MTs and MDs have recognized and embraced this effective, safe and best of all, easy-to-use modality. The method and tape allow the individual to receive the therapeutic benefits 24 hours a day with both comfort and ease because it can be worn for several days per application. Currently, Kinesio® Taping is used in hospitals, clinics, high schools and by even by professional sports teams.


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