Friday, January 8, 2010

What is Kinesio Tape?

By Dr. Jeff Gontarski
“Few who watched the 2008 Beijing Olympics will forget the Gold Medal beach volleyball performance of Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor. The black Kinesio tape atop Walsh’s 6-foot, 3-inch frame, in stark contrast to her white bathing suit, also sparked a good deal of speculation.”
“Internet message boards made wild guesses. Was it a political statement or a sponsor’s logo? Perhaps a memorial to a deceased relative? Countless therapists knew the answer, but viewers were mystified. According to several reports, Walsh’s therapists used the tape to stabilize the superstar’s surgically repaired shoulder and boost blood circulation.” A quote from the article, “Kinesio Tape Comes of Age.” by Greg Thompson.
At Advanced Wellness of Marlboro, Kinesiotaping techniques are used for multiple ailments such as low back pain, plantar fascitis, knee alignment, pain issues and numerous others. “ Taping techniques are quick, easy, comfortable and allow the patient to get back to there activities of daily living faster” say Dr. Jeff Gontarski PT, CEAS, physical therapist at Advanced Wellness. “Our taping methods also help patients with posture and everyone is amazed with the results.”
The specialized tape works in different ways depending on its’ intended use. For patients with pain and inflammation, tape is applied to relax the skin and underlying tissues to allow for increased blood flow. Patients with instability problems can easily have their problems corrected by aligning the joint properly and securing with kinesiotape. “ The tape is a specialized tool and should be applied by a trained professional according to your problem” says Dr. Jeff.
If you have any questions about Kinesiotape and are wondering if it could help your problem, please contact one of our clinicians at Advanced Wellness.

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