Doctors and their patients are proclaiming the latest back pain treatment using the Kinesio taping technique to be a complete success. The first article below, By Dr. Brandon Nevel, DC, USPTA which appears on the Nevel Chiropractic.com site provides a very helpful overview of the latest back pain treatment. Taping Your Aches and Pains Away…
“Because of its unique ability to non-invasively treat and prevent injuries, Kinesio-Tape has taken the sports world by storm. In Lance Armstrong’s book, Every Second Counts, he states that the “magical” tape is “better than any laser, wrap or electric massager.”
“In addition to sports, Kinesio-Tape can be applied to conditions that plague people every day. Common conditions that Kinesio-Tape can help include: neck and back pain, muscle pulls, whiplash, sciatica, lymphedema, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shoulder (rotator cuff) pain, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and TMJ.”
“Unlike traditional rigid athletic taping, the elastic Kinesio-Tape does not restrict lymphatic flow or hinder natural movement. Rather, it is a non-restrictive type of taping which allows full range of motion. The elastic tape mimics the elasticity of muscle and lifts the skin from the underlying muscles, tendons, and bones allowing for improved circulation, lymphatic drainage and healing.”
“The tape is cut and stretched to different lengths for each individual patient’s specific body parts and condition. Then it is strategically applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation. Kinesio-Tape can be applied to either relax overused, tired muscles or to stimulate muscles that are weak and underused.”
“For patients that utilize massage, chiropractic adjustments or physical therapy, the elastic tape will support your natural body function, increasing the length of time needed between treatments. Kinesio-Tape lasts 3-5 days and can be worn in the shower to support muscle movement 24 hours a day.”
This second article which appears on dynamicchiropractic.com and was written by Kenzo Kase, DC is a bit more technical and focuses mostly on Kinesio taping technique for back pain relief and how it can be used by Chiropractors in their practice. When to Use Tape
“In practical terms, there is a variety of instances in which applying therapeutic tape can improve outcomes. Applying tape prior to adjustment provides a range of benefits. Taping before the adjustment can balance the soft tissue, especially muscles, and thus make the adjustment easier for both the patient and the physician.”
“Applying the tape to the painful site on the spine prior to adjustment can decrease pain and make it more comfortable for patients to receive the adjustment, as well as easier for the doctor to perform the adjustment. The application can also prevent possible further tissue damage to a site that may already have been injured.”
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“When taping for whiplash and related conditions, we would begin at intake. Specific taping strategies may be utilized in combination or as appropriate for a given assessment. In the assessment of sprain or strain in cervical muscles and ligaments, the taping may be quite beneficial. Therapeutic taping provides comfort and support by stimulating mechanoreceptors, while the tape’s lifting effect helps create “space” to increase circulation.”
“Therapeutic taping is also used to inhibit hypertonic muscles resulting from a hyperextension or hyperflexion injury. Fascial taping supports injured muscles such as upper trapezius, scalene and SCM.Applying tape after an adjustment can prolong the effect of the adjustment by balancing the muscle.”
“Applied after the adjustment, therapeutic taping can speed up healing by increasing circulation of bodily fluid at the pain site. Applying tape after the adjustment can also prevent further injury of the site, because it stimulates the patient’s awareness of their own alignment and posture.”
Treating back pain with Kinesio taping techniques is becoming a more widely used therapy, however it is not a cure for everyone and it should only be done by doctors who have had training in applying it correctly. Many people who suffer from lower back pain, shoulder pain or neck and other types of aches and pains are wondering if this is truly a good alternative back pain remedy.
Have you ever tried Kinesio taping as a treatment for back pain relief? If so did it work for you?