One of the nice things about being a physiotherapist and massage therapist is that it never gets boring and I have to keep on learning. Health care is constantly changing and if you don't stay up to date, it is so easy to get left behind. Last month, I went to a workshop on Kinesio Taping.
Despite the tape being this season's trendy treatment for players and athletes, Kinesio tape is nothing new. It was invented by a Japanese chiropractor Dr Kenzo Kase in the 1970s.
The UK website for Kinesio tape claims it can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, relax muscles, enhance performance and help with rehabilitation as well as supporting muscles during a sporting event
Since then it has become more common to see top athletes sporting Kinesio tape, and has been used with increasing frequency by health care providers and their patients for relief or painful and swollen joints or recovery and rehabilitation for injuries.
I use the tape with many of my patients. It is a perfect complement to the massage therapy. Days after a massage, the tape can actually still help continue the work the adjustment started. It’s like sending my hands home with them!
We have had great results with shoulder pain, neck pain, lower back pain, arthritis.
We treat between 3-5 pregnant ladies a week for aches and pains in their back, neck, pelvis, pubic area, legs and even feet and wrist. Some mothers circum to the belief that pain is quite normal, therefore acceptable. But you'd be amazed how massage and kinesio tape can really work wonders to help keep final trimester as comfortable as possible.
But now, with the new techniques I learned at last month workshop, I am more excited than ever about Kinesio Taping, and I know the results my patients will get will be even better, too.
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