Kinesiology taping (KT) is a therapeutic tool and has become increasingly popular within the sporting arena. Taping has been used for a long time for the prevention and treatment of sporting injuries. The original elastic adhesive tape was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1979.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.
Application of Tape
• Ensure to assess the patient thoroughly in order to identify the most appropriate application.
• Do NOT apply tape to any area of skin that is damaged by: scrapes; cuts; burns; sunburn or any type of skin rash/irritation.
• Skin should be free of oils and lotion prior to application.
• If body hair is limiting adhesion you may need to trim or shave the area.
• If patient has been exercising, ensure perspiration has completely stopped before application.
• If you are using a roll of tape, measure and cut carefully.
• Avoid contact with water at least for an hour after applying the Kinesio taping.
Specific Uses of Kinesio Taping
Facilitation: Kinesiology tape can be used to help improve muscular firing and contraction patterns. This can lead to normalized muscular tone and can also help improve the overall performance.
Inhibition and pain management: Kinesiology tape can be used to reduce pain and muscle spasm that may occur after injury. It can be very helpful in decreasing the swelling.
Support and stability: If you have a condition that requires a specific joint to be held in place, kinesiology taping is one of the best options. The tape can support your joint while not restricting the motion.
Swelling management: The swelling caused by some injury or surgery can be minimized by kinesio taping, kinesiology tape may help to decrease the swelling by decreasing pressure between the skin and underlying tissues.
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Golfer’s elbow is an injury to the muscles that flex your wrist and fingers. The site of injury is typically the medial epicondyle. It often occurs due to overusing the forearm muscles and tendons and those around the elbow joint. The tendons insert onto the medial epicondyle of the humerus (the long bone of the upper arm). This gives the problem its other name which is medial epicondylitis.
Typically, the Golfers Elbow sufferer will experience pain when performing gripping tasks or resisted wrist/finger extension. Pain can also be present when the muscles are stretched. There will be tenderness directly over the bony epicondyle, and there may be trigger points in the wrist muscles.
Pain and tenderness: Usually felt on the inner side of your elbow, the pain sometimes extends along the inner side of your forearm. Pain typically worsens with certain movements.
Stiffness: Your elbow may feel stiff, and making a fist might hurt.
Weakness: You may have weakness in your hands and wrists.
Numbness or tingling: These sensations might radiate into one or more fingers usually the ring and little fingers.
Golfers elbow may cause the most pain when you:
- Lift something
- Make a fist or grip an object, such as a tennis racket
- Raise your hand or straighten your wrist
Rest: Resting the arm is important. A break in activity allows the tears in the tendon attachment to heal. Using ice packs, anti-inflammatory drugs, soft tissue massages, stretching exercises, and ultrasound therapy can help to reduce the pain.
- Manual Therapy: Your Physiotherapist may use hands-on tissue manipulation techniques to create a small amount of micro-trauma to the area to re-start the inflammation process.
- Exercises: Specific exercises that have a goal of stressing the tissue to just beyond its current capability can be used as a pro-inflammatory technique.
- Strapping or taping the forearm: Supporting the area can help realign the muscle fibers and relieve pressure on the area. A physician may recommend using a splint for 2 to 3 weeks to take the elbow out of action.
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