Over the past few years, you’ve probably noticed some athletes like Serena Williams and David Beckham sporting multi-colored tape that makes them look a tad like cyborgs, which may have led you to wonder just what exactly is the purpose of such garish accessories. At Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City, we’re here to clear up any questions you might have and tell you that we in fact offer the same type of treatment many professional athletes receive: an effective technique called kinesiology taping.
Kinesiology, or kinesio taping, has been around for over 30 years but has been gaining significant popularity and its use has become more widespread recently. The kinesio taping method was originally designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints. The five major overall effects that kinesio taping seeks to accomplish are the following:
1) Correct muscle function
2) Improve circulation
3) Relieve pain
4) Reposition subluxed (partially dislocated) joints
5) Increase proprioception (sensory awareness)
At Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy, we use a brand of kinesio tape called RockTape, a high-tech, top-of-the-line variety that’s used to treat a wide range of sports injuries or increase performance. Made of a natural-hybrid product (97% cotton, 3% nylon), RockTape is extremely durable and elastic, which means it lasts longer and allows athletes to move more freely when it’s applied during performance.
In order for us to use RockTape on you, we’ll first evaluate and assess your condition fully, and determine where the tape can be of the most benefit. Then we’ll apply RockTape over and around muscles that are either injured or of concern, and the tape is kept on for several days after each application.
Once applied, the RockTape will help alleviate pain and facilitate lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin away from the soft tissue underneath, which will improve circulation of both blood and lymph. The best part about kinesio taping is that it can be applied in hundreds of different ways and can be used on any age group, from pediatrics to geriatrics. RockTape has been proven to be effective for reducing pain and inflammation, enhancing performance, preventing injury and promoting good circulation and healing, which is why it’s popularity is growing for a reason.
To learn more about kinesio taping like RockTape or for any other musculoskeletal concerns, visit us at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City or call 212-317-8303.