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As Weston chiropractors skilled in treating sports injuries, we see a lot of chiropractic patients who suffer from chronic muscle pain and inflammation. This holds true for our patients who suffer from chronic headaches, carpal tunnel, neck pain, arthritis, shoulder pain, rotator cuff injuries, ankle sprains, and tennis elbow as well. One effective chiropractic treatment that offers support for overtired or overused muscles without affecting range of motion or circulation is called spider kinesio taping.
Spider kinesio taping is a technique based on the body’s own natural healing process. This kinesio taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name “Kinesio”. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.
Consequently, so much attention was given to the importance of muscle function that the idea of treating the muscles in order to activate the body’s own healing process came about. Using an elastic tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Dr. Browner and Dr. Behar have found that using kinesio taping creates a totally new approach to treating nerves, muscles, and organs.
Kinesio taping is accepted by medical practitioners and athletes in Japan, United States, Europe, South America and other Asian countries. Many Olympic athletes use kinesio taping to reduce pain and enhance performance.
As Weston chiropractors who treat both serious athletes and those involved in normal recreational activities, we have found kinesio taping to have the following benefits:
Conventional athletic tape is designed to restrict the movement of affected muscles and joints. For this purpose, several layers of tape must be rolled around and/or over the afflicted area, applying significant pressure, resulting in the obstruction of the flow of bodily fluids, an undesirable side-effect. This is also the reason athletic tape is generally applied immediately before the sports activity, and removed immediately after the activity is finished. On the other hand, kinesio taping is based on a different philosophy that aims to give free range of motion in order to allow the body’s muscular system to heal itself bio-mechanically.
Spider kinesio taping is just one method we use at our Weston chiropractic clinic to help alleviate our patient’s pain and keep them healthy. Based on the condition, our Windmill Health Center offers a variety of chiropractic treatment options, all designed to help our patients get their pain under control and live a happier, healthier life! Dr. Browner, Dr. Behar and Dr. Corvin apply the kinesio tape over the affected area with the muscles in a stretched position. Then the kinesio tape is applied from one end of the muscle to the other with varying amounts of stretch to the tape. The tape is applied from the muscle origin to the insertion for muscle support and facilitation. For our Weston patients seeking rehabilitation/muscular inhibition, kinesio tape is applied from muscle insertion to the origin.