Kinesio Taping

The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. It is used to successfully treat a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and medical conditions.

Kinesio Taping has been breaking new ground in the fields of sports performance, pain management and physical therapy. Education is a one of the key elements of the Kinesio Taping Method and its continued success in the world of therapeutic taping. Here at Action Rehab, Cindy Matsubara, DPT, has just completed the education and is a certified KT practitioner. After completing the certification course she joins a select group of medical professionals who are able to properly use the Kinesio Taping Method.

Kinesio Taping® Method
By Dr. Asdrubel Lopez, DC, CKTP

The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.

Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio® Tex Tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the Kinesio® Tex Tape application and other possible treatments or modalities. With the utilization of single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X”, “Y” or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application, Kinesio® Tex Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.

The Kinesio Benefit

Continue reading “Kinesio Taping”

Our Philosophy

We believe that:

  • Individualized care based on your unique goals and lifestyle promotes better overall recovery, health and well-being.
  • Education gets you actively involved in the recovery process, and is the cornerstone of our program.
  • Active participation in your program gives you the tools for long-term wellness.
  • Home exercise programs allow you to continue in a positive
    lifestyle direction.

Who Benefits From Physical Therapy?

Many people wonder if they are a candidate for physical therapy, or if physical therapy can help their ailment. For physical therapists. However, this is an easy question to answer: Most people can benefit from Physical Therapy, weather their condition varies from simple ankle sprain to a complex neurological disorder.

Physical Therapy Dana Davis describes Physical Therapy as a conservative treatment method addressing the management, healing, and prevention of injuries and disabilities. I believe this to be very true. Physical Therapy uses non-invasive and non medical tools to help improve total body function. Physical Therapists focus on relieving pain, promotion healing, restoring function and movement, and facilitation and adaptation associated with injury. Therapy also focuses on ergonomics or body mechanic training, fitness, and wellness. So, as you can see, physical therapy can play a role in most people’s lives.

A list of some of the most common reasons to seek Physical Therapy includes:

– Sport related injuries
– Work-related injuries such as repetitive motion injuries, slip and fall accidents and other trauma
– Neck pain and low back pain
– Arthritis in one multiple joints
– Fractures and other orthopedic conditions
– Problems with balance or mobility
– Chronic fatigue and weakness
– Pre and post surgical conditioning
– Cancer recovery
– Fitness and wellness education including weight loss and prevention of osteoporosis
– Respiratory problems/poor cardiovascular endurance
– Knee, ankle and foot problems
– Shoulder, arm hand and wrist problems, such a carpal tunnel syndrome and shoulder tendonitis
– Pre and post partum programs
– Neuro-rehabilitation, such as post-stroke and spinal cord or head injury
– Wound care such as diabetic wounds and non-healing traumatic or post-surgical would
– Common sprains and muscle strains

If you are still confused weather you need physical therapy or not, discuss your options with your physician. They will be able to guide you in the right direction.

How much exercise should I do a week?

According to the recommendations of the heart Association, it is recommended that individuals perform 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise 3-4 times a week. This includes an adequate warm up and then at least 20 minutes of working and a sustained elevated heart rate, followed by a cool down and some gentle stretches. This provides your heart which is like any other muscle in your body the workout needs to stay healthy and strong.

An easy form of cardiovascular fitness is walking, but for some with lower body injuries and concerns it may be difficult to initially begin  a walking program. This is where a physical therapist can assist you. A physical therapist will be able to determine if a walking program is appropriate or if you need to first consider a biking or water walking program. They will also be able to identify flexibility and strength deficits which may be hindering your walking program.