|Kinesio tape for carpal tunnel syndrome.|
Lots of you might wonder what is the colorful tape kept appearing on Olympic games. The tape is called "Kinesio Tape", created by Dr. Kenzo in 1979. Is it just a fashion statement like most of the reporters stated? Or is it a magic cure?
For me, it is not a fashion statement. And at first, it seems to be a magic cure. I have first hand experience of how the tape instantly help ease my shoulder muscle pain. But after finished my training course with Kinesio Taping Association International , and as an occupational therapist, Kinesio tape is another medical modality/method that I be able to use on my day to day clinical practice. I have many success with using Kinesio tape to facilitate my patients functional gain and decrease pain and edema.
If you are welling to give it a try and find a good therapist, this non invasive method combined with other therapeutic treatment might be the cure for your injury.
What is Kinesio Tape
Kinesio tape is an elastic clothe tape. It has NO medicine on the tape itself. But applied by trained therapist, it can create effective healing affects.
It comes with four colors. Although in western world, it does not matter what kind of color you choice. They should all work the same if the application techniques are accurate. However, according to Dr. Kenzo, different color has different chi in it. For example, hot pink is best use for increasing blood flow and generate heat effect. Blue is best use for calm affects. Black is nice to wear for sport events to suite the athletes up for competitions.
Allowing patients/clients to pick the color they like will most likely to increase the chance of having the clients to be compliant with the treatment and to wear the tape for the adequate time frame.
|Kinesio tapes cut for carpal tunnel syndrome.|
How does it work?
Applied directly on the skin, the breathable adhesive tape plus it's elastic effect will stimulate the receptors bedded in the skin. Depends on how therapist applied the tape, it can stabilize the soft tissue/joints, increase blood flow to decrease pain and increase healing, relax muscle, or facilitate muscle contraction. It can also be used to decrease edema/swelling.
- tunnel syndrome, gamer's thumb...etc.