Our Naples therapists use soft Kinesio taping as a part of a multi-faceted approach to treating injuries and preventing further injuries from occurring. Our soft Kinesio taping therapy and rehabilitation in Naples focuses on applying the therapeutic tape in ways that allow it to provide support, reduce pain, and prevent swelling. Many athletes also believe it improves their performance.
Our practitioners in Naples understand how to apply this tape strategically to achieve the desired results. We use soft Kinesio taping as a part of a comprehensive care plan to address injuries. Call us today at (239) 631-5445 to learn more.
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What Is Soft Kinesio Taping Therapy?
Kinesio tape, also called Kinesio Tex Tape or kinesiology tape, is a special type of stretchy tape made of cotton and nylon. It is backed by medical-grade, water-resistant adhesives. The tape is strong, providing support without restricting movement. Our therapists have access to several types of Kinesio tape and can assess which is the most ideal option for each patient.
When applied strategically, Kinesio tape is purported to have several benefits. These include:
- Reducing swelling through light compression
- Increasing circulation
- Supporting muscles and joints
- Restricting inappropriate movement of injured joints
- Stopping further injury of injured joints
We generally use taping during the healing and rehabilitation process. Sometimes, we may teach patients to use tape to support previously injured joints or muscles for athletic activities.
Kinesio taping has become very popular, although many use it without fully understanding the techniques necessary to apply it strategically and effectively. Our team works with a wide range of patients to teach them these techniques. This includes:
- Seniors managing injuries
- Those undergoing physical therapy after surgery
Once applied, “K-tape,” as some call it, generally stays on for three to five days. It moves like a second skin, supporting normal joint movement and muscle control.
How Does Naples Soft Kinesio Taping Rehabilitation Work?
We prescribe soft Kinesio taping as a part of a complete physiotherapy plan. Your plan could include manual therapy and adjustments, strength and flexibility exercises, and more.
Our experienced physical therapist will demonstrate how to apply the tape to your body in a way that will make you feel comfortable. The methods we use depend on your diagnosis, why the tape therapy is prescribed, and your goals. Often, we use I, X, and Y patterns to apply the tape, and may alternate between stabilization and decompression strips. We will explain more about our taping method when you come in for your appointment.
Your therapist may ask you to practice applying the tape, or they may want you to return to the office to have it reapplied after several days.
Soft Kinesio taping is a temporary therapy for most people. It provides additional support during treatment and rehabilitation. Once we have corrected the underlying problem and helped you rebuild strength, you may no longer need the tape.
Our Team Provides Naples Kinesio Taping Therapy as a Part of Your Care Plan
Naples Community Injury Center aims to help patients recover and prevent a recurrence of their injuries. With more than 60 years of combined experience, our team knows how to use effective, non-invasive techniques to get results. Our staff includes medical doctors, a neurosurgeon, chiropractic physicians, physician assistants, and chiropractic physician assistants.
The patients who receive soft Kinesio taping therapy at our Naples office suffer a wide range of injuries under many different circumstances. We may recommend Kinesio taping if you suffered:
What Do I Need to Know About Naples Soft Kinesio Taping Rehabilitation?
Kinesio tape is often seen on professional athletes and high school sports players. Despite being invented in the 1970s, it’s more popular today than ever. We frequently prescribe its use when we believe it will help promote healing or provide additional support during sports or recreation.
Some reasons why we might prescribe K-Tape therapy include:
To Support Joints While Healing
One of the most common ways we use Kinesio tape is to support joints while healing from an arthritis flare-up, injury, or surgery. We apply the tape in addition to providing physiotherapy and other complementary therapies to reduce pain and swelling.
Kinesio tape provides additional support for physical therapy techniques used to retrain injured muscles, including those that no longer function properly because of a stroke or another serious health concern.
When properly applied, Kinesio tape helps to strengthen muscles and create muscle memory, improving problematic posture. This is especially effective for the head and neck. This could correct neck pain and other complaints.
When we provide therapy and rehabilitation for those with brain injuries, dementia, or cognitive concerns, we may need to add physiotherapy to help them improve the way they walk. This could require gait retraining and strength rebuilding. K-Tape therapy could also be effective as a part of a care plan focusing on helping stroke survivors improve their mobility.
Our Team in Naples Can Determine If K-Tape Is Right for You
Some people should not use Kinesio tape. We may recommend an alternate therapeutic strategy if you suffer from any of the following:
- Cuts, scrapes, or open wounds
- Deep vein thrombosis a high risk of blood clots
- Cancer (because of increased blood flow to tumors)
- Diabetes or other causes of neuropathy
- Problems with sensation on certain parts of your skin
- Allergies to the tape or adhesive
- Fragile skin prone to tearing, such as that of seniors
Our doctors will assess whether soft Kinesio taping therapy might be a good fit for you before prescribing it. If you experience an allergic reaction or have other concerns, report them to our office immediately, and we can alter your care plan for you. We aim to support the natural healing process and encourage you to let us know about how you’re feeling.
Call Naples Community Injury Center Today to Learn More About Soft Kinesio Taping Therapy
Naples Community Injury Center is accepting new patients for chiropractic care and physiotherapy. We begin every relationship with an initial intake appointment. Let us learn more about you, your injuries, and your goals today.
Contact us online or via telephone at (239) 631-5445 to schedule your intake exam.