Taping is the application of elastic adhesive tape that helps eliminate pain and aid in proper muscle, ligament, tendon, and joint function. There are many different elastic tape brands and techniques including KT tape, Kinesio Tape, Rocktape, Spider Tech, Theraband, and SPRT to name a few of the more well-known. Extensive research is currently being conducted to identify how these KT tape techniques are having impactful and successful clinical results. KT tape has revolutionized therapeutic approaches and the in-between visit care from everyday individuals to high performing athletes. To date, the best scientific explanation is centered on neurology.
There are several different types of sensory fibers in our body which travel at different speeds. When pain fibers are stimulated, a signal travels to the brain at a specific speed. The sensory fibers stimulated from the tape travel at a greater velocity to the brain than the pain fibers. As a result, the sensory fibers block the sensation of pain.
Added benefits of elastic tape allow for the soft tissue and joints to biomechanically move more efficient without adding bulky wraps or heavy braces (as seen with traditional white athletic tape). This allows for a more effective and natural healing process. The correct taping procedure and technique can aid in hundreds of situations including but not limited to low back pain, knee pain, shin splints, tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and plantar fasciitis.
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F.I.T. Muscle and Joint Clinic's doctors in Overland Park & Shawnee, Kansas and Lees Summit, Missouri are trained in specialized taping protocols and techniques to give you the confidence, performance, and outcomes to tackle your goals and pain relief. Do not hesitate, contact us today for leading evidence-based assessments and treatments for your musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.