Kinesiotaping


May 29th, 2012

Dr. Clemenhagen is now offering K-taping!  Also known as Kinesiology taping, this taping method can treat a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and dysfunctions.  

What is K-Taping?

K-taping is a holistic and non-pharmaceutical therapy method used for an extremely wide range of clinical conditions. Established in Germany for many years, it is now an important component in the range of modern therapies. K-taping is increasingly being used in many countries around the world.

Therapy Spectrum

K-taping supports almost the entire spectrum of physiotherapy, chiropractic and athletic therapy treatments, offering doctors and therapists a multitude of new treatment possibilities. Back problems, muscle tension, joint instabilities, or disc problems can be treated, as can migraine, tinnitus, menstrual pain and urinary disorders. K-Taping even offers an effective post-operative concept in lymphatic therapy, for instance following breast cancer operations. L-Taping is established in competitive and professional sport for treatment, prevention and pre-training preparation. The following principle applies in all cases: K-Taping maintains the patient’s full mobility – a decisive advantage compared with previous treatment methods.

The Tape

To successfully implement the K-Taping therapy, professional training and specially developed elastic tape are needed. The K-tape’s water-resistant and breathable properties enable long wearing and comfort while its elasticity is comparable to that of human muscles. The K-Tape is applied via a wave-like acrylic coating activated by body heat and which also takes over important mechanical functions. The K-Tape does not contain any pharmaceutically active or adhesive ingredients and is therefore neutral to the skin. It maintains its full effectiveness under the varied stresses of work, sport, showering, swimming and other activities of daily living.

Mode of Action

The K-Taping therapy is based on two main effects. The first effect is the stimulation of skin receptors. This is associated with a reduction in pain and aids proprioception. It specifically influences the complex interaction between muscle tension, joints, ligaments and nerves. The second effect occurs when the elastic K-Tape and the special application technique raise the skin and the tissues. This creates more space in the damaged tissues. Lymph fluid can flow easier, blood circulation improves and the pain receptors are relieved. The improvement in blood circulation alone stimulates the healing process. The K-Taping therapy’s exceptionally wide spectrum of use comes into being when the effects on lymph flow and the receptor stimulation are added.

 

The following are just a few examples of what can be treated with K-Tape:

Muscle strains

Joint sprains

Hematoma

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Runners Knee

Plantar Fascitis

Neck and shoulder tension

Rotator Cuff injuries

Trigger Points

IT (iliotibial) Band syndrome

Shoulder Instability

Whiplash

Low Back Pain

Achilles tendonitis

Shin splints

Scars

 

blog submitted by Dr. Laura Clemenhagen