Kinesio Taping-What It Is and Is It Effective?

Kinesio Tex tape is a stretchy, latex-free, cotton fiber tape with a heat-activated backing that is not supposed to impede range of motion or performance in those who use it.   While kinesio tape is supposed to do many things such as alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, relax muscles, enhance performance, help with injury rehabilitation, and support […]

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Kinesio Tex tape is a stretchy, latex-free, cotton fiber tape with a heat-activated backing that is not supposed to impede range of motion or performance in those who use it.   While kinesio tape is supposed to do many things such as alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, relax muscles, enhance performance, help with injury rehabilitation, and support muscles during athletic events, research has not supported many of these claims.  I spoke with one expert who recently finished a course on kinesio taping.  She said she was skeptical about the use of the tape for musculoskeletal injuries, but she did feel the tape was very effective for lymphatic drainage and areas that have large bruises.  Kinesio tape works by creating more space between the top layers of skin and the muscle below allowing for better lymphatic drainage and flow to affected areas. This increased space may also be beneficial for increasing muscle’s ability to contract and possibly increasing the healing process by unblocking pathways between nerve receptors and the brain.  Other experts feel a benefit of taping may be psychological as athletes feel more confident with their ability to perform while being taped.  In essence, the tape provides a placebo effect for athletes.  However, it is important to remember that this methodology of taping does not actually provide support to the injured part of the body as traditional taping does.  Also, applying this tape is difficult to do by yourself so be sure to seek out someone qualified to appropriately place tape to affected areas needing increased lymphatic flow. 

In general, most experts are unconvinced of the all the supposed benefits of kinesio taping.  However, in the end, it may be worth a try especially if there is bruising in a particular area.

 

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Sophie Pratola
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Personally Trained By Sophie

 

 

 

 

Dry Needling (Trigger Point Dry Needling) for Chronic Pain Relief

Trigger point dry needling (TDN) or dry needling, is a technique similar to acupuncture, but not the same in that it follows Western medical principles and targets trigger points for pain rather than the traditional meridians used in acupuncture.  TDN is typically done by acupuncturists, physical therapists, and some chiropractors in their offices.  The technique […]

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Trigger point dry needling (TDN) or dry needling, is a technique similar to acupuncture, but not the same in that it follows Western medical principles and targets trigger points for pain rather than the traditional meridians used in acupuncture.  TDN is typically done by acupuncturists, physical therapists, and some chiropractors in their offices.  The technique uses dry needles (hollow empty needles) that are inserted into painful knotted areas of muscle.  People who have short term success with massage often find relief of chronic pain or conditions with needling.  TDN is typically used to eliminate tension, heal overuse injuries, release knots in muscles, help speed the heal time for injuries, improve blood flow, make muscles more effective, heal chronic injuries of muscles, tendons, and joints, improve athletic performance, help with tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, and even headaches.  The exact mechanisms as to why and how this technique works is controversial and has several theories revolving around it.  However, it is thought that the dry needles placed directly into myofascial trigger points prompt a local twitch reflex which is the first step in breaking the pain cycle in the body.  The needle cuts through the muscle fibers and is seen as a foreign invader which triggers a systemic immune response.  This leads to increased blood flow to the area and decreased inflammation which in turn allows for healing.  Some people find the needling process uncomfortable while others seem unbothered by it at all.  Additionally, some people may have soreness or bruising around the needled sights after treatment.  Ice or heat can be applied to help alleviate discomfort.  Patients typically feel relief within 1-2 sessions spaced 5-7 days apart.  However, be warned, TDN is not appropriate for brand new injuries that are still swollen or tender, or for people with loose joints.  One final note, make sure you have done your research and you are certain the person who is needling you has been properly trained. This technique can lead to serious injury if done incorrectly.

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Sophie Pratola
704-604-1518
Personally Trained By Sophie

 

 

 

 

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