August 2020 Newsletter: Kinesio Taping
by Dr. Joshua Leuppie
Have you ever had your Chiropractor, Physical Therapist, or Licensed Massage Therapist tell you that the work you did together last visit or that the relief you had felt “just didn’t hold” or “a muscle keeps turning off”? I would say that if you are reading this newsletter there is a good chance you have had a bout of stubborn back pain.
As practitioners we all feel the same frustration as the patient does, and sometimes it seems like we are busy putting out the fire every visit instead of being able to make changes to keep them from happening altogether. When you think about it, you spend very little time receiving treatment/doing rehab compared to still going out and living life, aka doing the things that may be creating the problem in the first place. You may spend about 1 or 2 hours with your manual therapist and doing corrective exercises at home, but that’s only 2 hours out of 168 of every week. Another way of looking at it is only 120 minutes compared to a whopping 10,080 minutes per week! If only there was a way to increase the effectiveness of the treatment and rehab during the time in between treatments as well… Good news, there is!
This month we will be talking about Kinesio Taping, most commonly referred to as RockTape or KT Tape. This method of taping using a fabric type tape to improve function by improving muscle activation, providing constant feedback, postural retraining, as well as lifting the skin ever so slightly to improve blood flow to the area. In fact, there are many different ways to apply the KT tape, as well as for a wide variety of conditions:
▪ Plantar Fasciitis? Check!
▪ Elbow Tendonitis? Check!
▪ Muscular Strain/Sprain? Check!
▪ Swelling? Check
▪ Poor Posture? Check!
▪ Pregnant and need some extra support? Check!
This list doesn’t even begin to touch on the conditions you can tape.
The tape is most commonly seen during athletic competitions, in particular you can see at least one or two basketball and volleyball players have their shoulders taped. The uses do not stop for athletic competition. Ever feel like you hunch up in front of the computer while working for hours and ask yourself “How long have I been crunched up?”. If so, taping your posture may help you, it is not strong enough to hold you in an ergonomic position but whenever you lean forward you will feel a “pull” which will remind you that your posture is failing. Taping is also very effective in the low back, knees, elbows and upper back. It provided needed stability, without limiting your mobility in any way.
The tape we use here is RockTape, and it lasts for a few days, you can move in it, sleep in it, work in it, workout in it, and even shower/swim in it! (Designed to be used in Iron Man Races)
We offer it in a variety of colors, black, beige, and occasionally some fancy colors like argyle blue.
Taping is relatively inexpensive and the cost is $5 per taping. There are very few things that tape cannot positively impact so ask next time you are in! Maybe RockTape can help!
We have new procedures for our custom, Powerstep Orthotics. We will not be storing the orthotics in the office; we will order them per patient request. They take about 2-3 days to come in, so if you are planning on being fitted for orthotics, we do ask that you let us know a few days prior to your appointment so that we may have them ready for you.
In addition, we are now requiring an initial deposit of half the price of the orthotic at the time of ordering, and the second half after the orthotic has been fitted and picked up.
Recipe of the Month
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
3 lbs of pork shoulder
½ cup chicken broth
½ cup balsamic Vinegar
Combine ingredients into a slow cooker/crockpot and set on low for 6-8 hours.
That’s it !
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