Dealing with an acute or chronic condition does more than strain your body; it strains your psychological well-being and quality of life. You don’t want a treatment plan that solely relies on medications or a “wait-and-see” approach. You want a customized plan that prioritizes your healthcare goals.
Naples Community Injury Center offers Kinesio taping therapy in Estero. This decades-old treatment relies on empowering the body to heal using a flexible tape to reduce inflammation, stiffness, and discomfort. Our healthcare providers are proficient in Kinesio taping and other techniques aimed at helping you achieve maximum medical improvement.
The path to regaining your strength and flexibility is just a phone call away. Connect with our physicians when you call (239) 631-5445.
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What Is Kinesio Taping Therapy?
Kinesio taping therapy was created by Dr. Kenzo Kase in the 1970s. He aimed to develop a targeted approach that filled in the gaps in traditional chiropractic care at the time. The Kinesio Taping Method lifts the skin at the microscopic level, creating convolutions and interspatial gaps that reduce inflammation and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Because of its inherently non-invasive nature, Kinesio taping therapy is often prescribed with other treatment methods, such as physiotherapy and chiropractic care. At your initial appointment, your physician will evaluate your health by conducting a physical exam and possibly imaging scans. Their findings will inform their approach and whether Kinesio taping therapy suits you.
Kinesio Tape Is Like Athletic Tape––But Better
At first glance, Kinesio Tex Tape looks like run-of-the-mill athletic tape you can find in many drugstores. Yet, the difference is invisible to the naked eye and lies in its design. Kinesio Tex Tape can stretch 120 to 140 percent more than standard athletic tape, and it comes in different types to accommodate various levels of skin sensitivity.
Some benefits of this adhesive include:
- The dyes are hypoallergenic, reducing the risk of adverse reactions.
- It’s latex-free, making it ideal for those with latex sensitivity or allergies.
- It dries after being wet for five to 10 minutes after application.
- You can wear Kinesio tape for several days after being applied.
Injuries Our Estero Kinesio Taping Team Addresses
As noted, Kinesio taping therapy treats both acute and chronic conditions, such as:
- Repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel
- Muscle tears or pulls
- Ligament injuries
- Overuse injuries
- Lower back pain
- Rotator cuff tears
- Strains and sprains
We do not recommend this therapy for people experiencing pain from an open wound, as the tape could trap moisture in the wound and cause infections. We also do not recommend this treatment for people suffering from deep vein thrombosis (DVT), cancer, and peripheral neuropathy.
Benefits of Undergoing Kinesio Taping Therapy With Our Estero Team
When patients come to our office, we intend to help them feel better than they did before their injury. Based on their care needs, we may recommend Kinesio taping therapy. We find that within a few sessions, many patients report:
- Having an increased range of motion in the affected area
- Decreased pain levels
- More energy
- A faster physical recovery
- Peace of mind about their body’s healing
Sometimes, we recommend Kinesio taping therapy to prevent the risk of re-injury. We can assess your condition and explain more when you visit Naples Community Injury Center.
How We Prepare You for Kinesio Taping Therapy
Once we’ve diagnosed and assessed your condition, we may recommend Kinesio taping therapy alone or as part of a curated treatment regimen. Upon receiving treatment:
- We will ensure the problem area is free of lotion and oils so the tape sticks to your skin. We may also shave any hair from the region.
- Your team will determine the level of tension needed for the tape to activate your body’s natural healing process.
- Then, we apply the tape to the skin, rounding out the edges to prevent premature peeling.
- Your physician rubs the tape, activating the heat-sensitive adhesive.
Afterward, we’ll provide some instructions you can take home. For instance, you should avoid strenuous activity that causes sweat, which could wear off the adhesive. We may also explain that if you experience extreme itching or discomfort, you should remove the tape or call our office for further instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions About Kinesio Taping Therapy
While physicians employ Kinesio taping therapy worldwide, it’s not a household name. So, you may have questions about this procedure. You can ask our team any case-specific questions you may have during your first appointment. However, we’ve compiled some general inquiries we’ve received from patients below:
Does the Kinesio Taping Method Have Any Side Effects?
Kinesio taping therapy generally doesn’t result in any adverse side effects. Yet, some people do report experiencing skin irritation, dryness, and itching. We employ some in-office practices to mitigate these side effects, promoting your comfort throughout your recovery.
Can I Remove the Tape Myself?
One of the great things about the Kinesio taping method is that you don’t have to return to our office to have the tape removed. At your physician’s discretion, you can remove it at home. First, you apply oil to the tape to loosen it. Then, you can slowly peel the tape off. It’s not a Band-Aid; do not rip off the tape, as this could result in further inflammation.
Can You Shower With the Tape on?
Yes! The tape should remain on your skin for at least three days after application, even if it gets sprayed with water. We may recommend taking a break from swimming; having the tape submerged in water could reduce its effectiveness.
Call Now to Set Up Your First Appointment With Our Kinesio Team in Estero
The healthcare providers at Naples Community Injury Center have more than 60 years of combined experience helping patients achieve their goals. From the moment you connect with our team, you can rest assured that we’re committed to assisting you reach maximum medical improvement.
Your first appointment awaits. Call (239) 631-5445 to begin.