Kinesiology Tape: A Physical Therapy Revolution 
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Can Kinesiology Tape Help With My Pain?

Kinesiology Tape For Physical Therapy

Are you worried about starting physical therapy because of pain?

It’s an entirely normal concern to have before starting treatment. And we want to alleviate any worries or anxieties you might have. 

You might be thinking that you shouldn’t start physical therapy until your pain subsides. You might also be concerned that physical exercises are going to worsen your pain. We’re here to tell you that it’s never the wrong time to seek a physical therapist’s help. 

One of the most common misconceptions surrounding physical therapy is that it only consists of exercises and stretches. We understand how this may be concerning when you have a large amount of discomfort. 

Despite physical care playing a big part in physical therapy, we have a huge variety of alternatives that can help you get back on your feet. Our toolbox is full of treatments, and we make sure to use the right one for every client. 

Just like pain, treatment can come in many forms, and we will work with you to find the best way to help you. 

Some circumstances call for different forms of treatment, especially where physical exercise may not be suitable. Kinesiology tape is an excellent alternative to exercises and stretches.

We want to work with you to find the best way to treat your pain and discomfort—Book a free discovery visit to start on your road to recovery and a healthier lifestyle. 

What Exactly Is Kinesiology Tape?

Kinesiology Tape And Physical Therapy

You may be asking yourself, what actually is kinesiology tape? 

Here at Pro Therapy, we want to give you the facts. We provide useful alternatives to therapies that may seem daunting when in large amounts of pain.

Kinesiology tape is an effective alternative to exercises and stretches, which seem daunting due to large amounts of concentrated pain. It promotes healing in soft tissues and can help to inhibit pain.

You may be familiar with the colored tape used by athletes to support their shoulders, back, knees, ankles and various other joints. The specialist kinesiology tape is a minimalistic approach for helping to reduce pain and restore mobility, 

We want to get you the treatment that you deserve. Whether it’s helping you play the sports you love or getting your life back; we’re here for you!

Kinesiology tape acts as a preventative measure for relieving muscles and a method for reducing joint pain and discomfort.

The actual tape is medical-grade and water-resistant, being strong enough to withstand heavy workout sessions and the showers afterwards. The tape lasts for up to 3-5 days and works to relieve your discomfort in a subtle and effective way.    

What Makes Kinesiology Tape Different?

Kinesiology Tape

The best thing about kinesiology tape is how versatile it is. Although popularised for sports uses and injuries, it can also be an effective treatment for non-sports related afflictions. 

This treatment is an alternative to potentially strenuous exercises or stretches that may initially increase joint pain. 

After your initial comprehensive assessment with a physical therapist, we will determine whether K-Tape is the right treatment for you. 

You might be thinking about what kind of procedure this involves. Not to worry. The process is quick and easy. The tape is applied directly to the site of discomfort or pain. 

The tape creates a space between the skin and your tissues underneath. This microscopic space relieves tension in the joint, reducing irritation and discomfort. 

We can help you choose the right treatment and tell you whether kinesiology will be effective for your pain. 

Circulation And The Science Behind The Tape

Kinesiology Tape and circulation

Kinesiology tape can help to improve your circulation by increasing blood flow in the affected area. This form of treatment can also reduce the swelling caused by injured or strained areas of the body. 

Taping can be effective in the circulation of lymphatic fluids. (Lymphatic fluids control the regulation of swelling and fluid build-up). 

The tiny space created by applying the kinesiology tape allows this lymphatic fluid to flow more freely. This enhanced flow can reduce swelling and take away any discomfort caused. 

Due to the alleviating of lymphatic fluids, taping has also shown results with reducing bruising around damaged areas. 

We recommend taping alongside other treatments such as minor exercises or stretches for the best results. Each treatment we provide is tailored to the client to help you bounce back to your physical peak. 

The Importance Of Pathways

Kinesiology Tape

Here at PRO Therapy, we want to give you all the facts about the treatments that you receive. 

Kinesiology taping has proven to be an incredibly effective form of physical therapy. Not only does it increase lymphatic fluid flow, but it also alters the pathway of pain in your body. 

Through targeting trigger points (the pain centre) alongside manual pressure, this treatment alters the information and pain signals sent along with your sensory nervous system. 

Knotted muscles are often trigger points for clients, and by using taping, the skin is lifted, increasing flow underneath and alleviating pain. The decompression caused by the tape sends an alternate signal to the brain providing a remedy for the tension of the affected area. 

By targeting trigger point pain with taping, we can reduce overall discomfort and increase the flexibility of the joints and tissues. 

How Could Kinesiology Tape Help You? 

Kinesiology Tape

If you’re suffering from joint pain or discomfort and afraid of physical therapies that involve exercise, then this may be the right treatment for you!

We want to help you fight back against unnecessary pain. We can also aid in the fight against future potential injuries. 

Here’s how this alternative to strenuous exercise can help you: 

  • Reduces pain, inflammation and swelling at the site of pain. 
  • Provides an effective form of support and stability for weakened or vulnerable muscles.
  • Retrain your joints to aid with more effective relaxation and contractions of muscles. 
  • Inhibits uncontrollable muscle motions, reducing spasms.
  • Manages and effectively aids in the treatment of scar tissue.
  • Many more seemingly unmanageable forms of pain or discomfort 

If you think this would get you back to fitness, don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Enquire about whether kinesiology tape is the right alternative for you today!

Is It The Right Treatment For You?

Kinesiology Tape

Contrary to popular belief, kinesiology tape is not just for people who play sports. It can be a great preventative measure for sports-related injuries. But, we mainly use this form of treatment with non-athletes. 

From casual lifestyles to extreme sportspeople, kinesiology tape is an effective treatment for tackling ongoing pain and providing future support for your joints.

We don’t want you to assume that this kind of therapy won’t be for you. At PRO Therapy, we’re more than happy to discuss whether this would be an effective treatment for you. 

Here’s a list of the type of clients that kinesiology tape has helped in the past:

  • Runners who suffer from aching in the Achilles, knees, heel and arch pain. 
  • Office workers who experience back or neck pain while working in front of a computer screen.
  • People who suffer from prolonged migraines or chronic headaches. 
  • Anyone who has nagging shoulder pains while lifting or reaching overhead. 
  • 40+ year olds experiencing frequent muscle and/or joint aches.. 
  • Fitness fanatics who feel like they need to modify their exercise routines due to serious joint pain.

Most people feel the immediate impact from this treatment. Allowing for a quick and easy improvement of movement.

The prolonged usage of K-tape can ease the strain of muscles and prevent future incidents of joint pain. 

What Else Can We Do For You? 

We aim to provide high-quality, hands-on treatment alongside K-tape Our combination of these physical therapy treatments help to reduce the overall pain of our clients and aids with the increased mobility of our clients. 

If you’re concerned about the effectiveness of kinesiology tape, we offer many effective alternatives. If your pain is localized and you are wanting an alternative form of treatment, we also provide a painless remedy of dry needling

K-tape is a great way to help you if you’re nervous about worsening your pain through other means of physical therapy. Kinesiology tape is but one form of treatment we offer, and we know that it might not be the way forward for you. 

But we can guarantee we know how to help you. And we want to move forward with you and away from your pain. 

Let Us Help You 

Are you worried about physical therapies being too painful? 

Have you been experiencing muscular or joint pain?

Are you just looking for some general advice? 

Whether you’re athletic or not, we know that we can help you get back on your feet again.

Kinesiology tape is but one treatment that we offer; give us a call to find out more. We can provide the information that you need to take a step towards a healthier-pain free future. 

 Speak to one of our physical therapy experts today and get started on the path to recovery.

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This is an expanded version of a previous blog written in 2020. You can view that blog here.

 

Kevin Spahr

Kevin Spahr

Dr. Kevin Spahr, Minneapolis, MN Physical Therapist, understands that each patient is unique when it comes to injury and disease management. “The complexity of our bodies requires detailed examination and critical thinking to develop a care plan specific for each patient.” Dr. Spahr places high priority on customized treatment plans to help you reach your personal goals. Dr. Kevin Spahr, originally from Winona, MN, completed his undergraduate studies at St. Mary’s University in his hometown. After graduation, he moved up to the Twin Cities metro area in 2005 to pursue his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree at St. Catherine University School of Health in Minneapolis, MN. My love and dedication to the world of physical therapy began at a young age dealing with personal injuries sustained in sports. My passion in life has always been to help others, and a physical therapist is the career path I chose. My focus is on you. My goal is to keep you happy and healthy. In his free time, Dr. Spahr enjoys spending time with his wife (Liz), dogs (Mia & Ellie), family and friends when not in the clinic. He also enjoys staying active, exercising and the outdoors.
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