What is kinesiology tape?
Let’s talk about pain first! When we touch a hot stove, a pain message is sent from the skin to the brain. The message is transmitted by pain receptors, nociceptors, with the help of neurotransmitters. Once the message is received and interpreted by the brain, a response is sent to the spinal cord and nerves to send signals to decrease the pain.
Kinesiology tape is applied directly to the skin of a problem area and the same thing happens; a signal is sent to the brain to mitigate the pain felt. When tape is applied to the skin it has a lift off, a decompressive effect on the skin and fascia/ muscle which helps to reduce pain and edema. The decompressive effects also help with fluid dynamics to enhance recovery and lymphatic drainage. Lastly, due to the tape application on the skin, neurosensory input counters the constant output of pain from the brain.
Kinesiology tape is made out of a stretchable latex- free material that does not limit movement but instead provides motor control to all full range of motion of the joint.
In short, tape helps with
- Pain mitigation
- Tissue decompression
- Neurosensory input
How do the chiropractors at SCCC use kinesiology tape?
At Custom Chiropractor, we apply rocktape to acute and chronic pain after working on the area of concern with either ART, IASTM or cupping. Once the tape is on, we prescribe specific exercises to practice good patterns. At Functional Movement Training (FMT) they say “touch it, tape it, move it.”
How long will the tape stay on?
RockTape is designed to stay on the skin for 3-5 days. Tape can be applied to practice good posture, to help support a strain muscle, to help with chronic ankle proprioception or to help with nerve impingements and so much more. Do you want to learn more about how tape can help you? Make an appointment today.
If you would like to learn more about k-taping and its benefits please contact us or book online with one of our registered massage therapists.
How to make an appointment
To schedule an appointment, please call us at 408-248-8700 or visit our website at santaclaracustomchiro.com.
After scheduling your appointment, intake forms will be conveniently emailed to you to complete prior to your initial evaluation. These forms will include questions about your health history so our chiropractors can get a clear picture on how to get you back to your pain-free life again.