Kinesiology Taping involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. The first technique gives Dr. Scott the opportunity to give support while still maintaining full range of motion. This enables the patient to participate in his/her normal physical activities with functional assistance. The second technique, which is most commonly used in the acute stage of rehabilitation, helps prevent overuse or over-contraction and helps provide facilitation of lymph flow for an entire 24 hour period. Correctional techniques include mechanical, lymphatic, ligament/tendon, fascia, space and functional. Kinesio® Tex Tape and RockTape® can be used in conjunction with other therapies, including Active Release Technique®, cryotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage therapy and electrical stimulation. Dr Scott is certified as both a Certified KinesioTaping® Practitioner (CKTP) and a RockTape® Power Taping Provider (CPTP).
Kinesiology Taping affects the activation of the neurological system and the circulatory system. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body, they 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, more attention was given to the importance of muscle function in order to activate the body’s own healing process. Using an elastic tape, such as Kinesio® Tex Tape, it was discovered that muscles and other tissues could be helped by outside assistance. Kinesio® Taping is an innovative approach to treating nerves, muscles and organs.
Since the introduction of Kinesiology Taping in the United States, medical practitioners such as PTs, ATCs, OTs, DCs, MTs and MDs have recognized and embraced this effective, safe and best of all, easy-to-use modality. The method and tape allow the individual to receive the therapeutic benefits 24 hours a day with both comfort and ease because it can be worn for several days per application. Currently, Kinesio®Taping and RockTape’s PowerTaping® are used in hospitals, clinics, high schools and by even by professional sports teams.
Below is an example of Dr. Scott applying Kinesiology tape on an athlete at Ironman Arizona.