The Olympics may be over but we are still intrigued by the abilities of these super human like athletes and are left at awe at how their bodies heal in order to perform at their best abilities over and over again during the Olympics.
These talented athletes may remind us of super heroes with their super-human like athletic powers but at the end of the day, they too are humans and their bodies need to heal and rehabilitate the best way possible.
One way that athletes (specifically Olympic athletes) all across the world are choosing to heal and rehabilitate their bodies is by introducing kinesio taping to their workout/rehab regime. The Kinesio Taping Method was developed in Japan in 1979 by Dr. Kenzo Kase who realized how effective and extremely necessary manual therapy (massage, physical therapy, etc..) was for the treatment of different ailments of the body yet recognized the need for a treatment for clients to use in between manual therapy sessions so that clients could experience long lasting results. For that reason, he created and designed the Kinesio Taping Method, a latex free, long wearing therapeutic tape that can aid people of all ages from children to the elderly with a number of conditions in the body. Athletes specifically are big fans of kinesio taping because of the stability and support that the tape provides joints.
Kinesio taping is unique because it can treat an array of conditions, from neurological conditions to neuromuscular conditions and can aid the treatment of several different medical ailments. Another benefit of kinesio taping is that it reduces pain within the body and promotes lymphatic drainage by targeting receptors in the somatosensory system.
After careful evaluation, the tape is placed on the patient’s body as necessary and is unique because they can be applied in a variety of shapes, typically in an X or Y shape to best suit the patient’s body and condition. The strips allow for versatility in the direction that they are placed on the body and even the amount of stretch placed on the tape can be adjusted. Athletes and non-athletes are like are turning to this unique approach to healing for different reasons, primarily due to the fact that it can reduce inflammation/pain, prevent injuries, enhance performance and promotes healthy blood circulation throughout the body. Kinesio tape can be worn pre-workout, during workout as well as post workout to aid the body’s natural healing process.
If you are interested in incorporating kinesio taping to your current manual therapy regime, Elements Maple Valley is here to provide these services for you. Our knowledgeable massage therapist Kyle is experienced and certified to do the kinesio taping method and she is available for a session to improve your body’s wellness and assist with healing and rehabilitation.
Call us at 425-300-0391 or visit our website at www.elementsmassage.com/maple-valley to begin experiencing these benefits for yourself!