We Tape Movements. Not just Muscles.
Kinesiology Taping for Performance
During the past few years I’ve been watching the growth in the application of Kinesio Tape for injuries and to improve athletic performance. Invented in the 70’s by a Japanese Chiropractor, Kinesio Tape is a very popular therapy.
My study of energy medicine began with Dr. Randolph Stone’s 40’s publication “The Wireless Anatomy of Man”. While medical school taught me about the anatomy of our bones, muscles, nerves and vessels, it was Dr. Stone who introduced me to energy fields, chakras, meridians, prana | chi | life-force.
For me the key to structural correction is our bodies proprioceptive system. I’ve learned about the fascia and tensegrity. And most recently I’ve become aware of a newly rediscovered part of our anatomy – Bonghan ducts and corpuscles which I urge you to Google for yourself.
Kinesio Taping increases Endurance by reducing Fatigue
Kinesiotaping is a proprioceptive therapy. The taping activates proprioceptors thus making changes in the brain. The skin drag of the tape activates proprioception through its sensory-motor stimulation of the skin. The tape gives the body a sense of security and the body responds by performing the task noticeable better than it does without the tape.
Another important benefit of kinesiotaping is it’s preload effect which supports increased physical capacity due to active communication between the taped body area and the brain.
Kinesiotaing provide corrective movement education that assists in sustaining the effects of therapy between visits.
There are several different manufacturers of Kinesiotape and we are going to be providing access to three of them Rocktape, SpiderTech and PerformTex tape.
Some conditions commonly seen that would benefit from strapping and taping are:
- ￼￼￼￼Repetitive Sprains and Strains Post-Operative Care and Rehabilitation Acute Pain due to Trauma
- Chronic Pain Syndromes
- Postural and Biomechanical Imbalances Bruising, Edema and Swelling
- Improving Athletic Performance Arthritic Pain
- Lower Back and Neck Pain
- Shin Splints
- Rotator Cuff Injuries Plantar Fasciitis
Some of the advantages of taping that could be included in the treatment plan as goals include:
- Improved feedback and timing of muscles controlling joint stability
- Decreased pain and enhanced functional stability
- Restoration of optimal muscle activation
- Improved performance
- Prevention of further injury
- Protection of tissues from tensile forces during healing
RockTape’s approach to taping is based on the principles of Facial Movement (for clinicians) and PowerTaping (for athlete). Each are based on the “facia | tensegrity” concept popularized in Thomas Myers book, “Anatomy Trains.” Rock Tape is made to functionally tape clients tom improve their neuromuscular efficiency and performance via somatosensory (proprioceptive) stimulation.
Seen worn by numerous athletes during the 2012 Olympics, SpiderTech offers a variety of NeuroStructural taping techniques. I like SpiderTech because it was creating by a colleague, Dr. Kevin Jardine DC., who was the first to offer injury specific precut kinesiology tape.
PerformTex tag is “The Next Generation of Kinesiology Tape.” Their patented twin groove technology encourages quicker moisture and perspiration wicking and increased skin breathability. Their unique opposing sine wave “pressure diamond” pattern leads to increased proprioceptive input. At PerformTex MOTUS stands for Myofascial Optimization Therapy Using Signaling. They feel that this approach to taping is a dynamic functional therapy.