What is going on at Orthopaedics Associates PT department ?? Is that “Magic Tape”?? Is there medication on that tape. The Kinesio tape is a flexible cloth tape which is applied hundreds of ways to the muscle to reduce pain, increasing blood flow/ circulation , lymphatic drainage, correct muscle balance,& reducing inflammation /edema and increasing proprioception. Proprioception is our ability to sense our body’s static position in space.
The sense occurs through several different types of sensory organs under our skin around our joints that provide our brains with information about pressure, vibration, touch temperature and tension. The kinesio tape alters the sensory feedback that enters your nerves in the area tape is applied. Kinesio tape has had quite a year from the the Super Bowl to NBA finals to NY/Boston marathon to most recently the Summer Olympics. This Kinesio tape has been seen on the Worlds Greatest Athletes to Weekend Warriors to the Average Joe.
We have been using this Kinesio tape in our clinic for 1 ½ years and have GREAT RESULTS from our patients who suffer from Patella femoral pain ,shoulder tendonitis, Rotator Cuff repairs Back/cervical pain/ spasm, lateral epicondylitis ,Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fascia. Our patients love it asking for the” magic tape”. The tape is not the cure for the problem but it helps in aiding in the rehab Process. If it can help the patient in decreasing pain / swelling we can progress as therapists to a quicker rehab. The tape has become so popular in the clinic that we are now teaching the patients to apply the tape themselves.