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Kinesio Tape: How It Works and How You Can Benefit From It
Written By: Dr. Laura Ho
She is a Chiropractor with an emphasis in sports medicine. She received her Doctorate of
Chiropractics degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. She graduated
with high honors and was inducted into the Delta Tau Alpha Honor Society. Before
attending chiropractic school, Dr. Laura grew up in Los Angeles where she attended
California State University, Northridge and received her Bachelor of Science in Biological
Sciences with a pre-med emphasis. Dr. Laura is very passionate about postural correction
and overall wellness care. Her goal is to educate and initiate active care to her patients in
order to remodel the spine from the floor up. She grew up with the love for watching and
playing basketball. She understands the physical toll sports can have on the body. This is
where her passion for chiropractic helps her and others maintain a healthy body in order to
keep playing sports at a high level for as long as they can. Her love for sports has led her to
treat athletes competing in various events, such as Tri the Beach Triathalon Series, Surf City Marathon and Jose
Cuervo Pro Beach Volley Ball Series. Before joining the S.M.A.R.T SPINE INSTITUTE team, Dr. Laura Ho practiced in
Palos Verdes and Costa Mesa where she provided chiropractic care and health education to the community.
At S.M.A.R.T Spine Institute we utilize multiple modalities to activate and/or initiate the body’s
natural healing process from sports injuries, overuse injuries, trauma and biomechanical dysfunctions.
Kinesio Taping is a technique we use that exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and
circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name
“Kinesio”. Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body, but also control the
circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to
function properly induces various kinds of symptoms. Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your
joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for preventive
maintenance, edema and to treat pain.
Kinesio Tape is used for anything from headaches to foot problems and everything in between.
Examples include: muscular facilitation or inhibition in paediatric patients, carpal tunnel syndrome,
lower back strain/pain (subluxations, herniated disc), knee conditions, shoulder conditions, hamstring,
groin injury, rotator cuff injury, whiplash, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, patella tracking, pre and post
surgical edema, ankle sprains, athletic preventative injury method and as a support method.
The Kinesio Taping Method differs from athletic strapping tape. Athletic strapping tape is used
mostly to limit ranges of motion and to constrict muscle movement. The effect of this method is to
create a bridge over the areas that are injured so that athletes can perform sport movements and have
either prophylactic support or support to an injured part of the body. Athletic tape is typically removed
after the end of an athletic event.
The working model gives rise to the basic theoretical concepts of the Kinesio Taping Method.
There are six basic concepts of the Kinesio Taping technique called corrections. They are: mechanical,
fascia (fascial), space, ligament/tendon, functional, and circulatory/ lymphatic. Mechanical corrections
are used for improved stability and biomechanics. Fascia or fascial corrections create or direct
movement of fascia. Space corrections are used for decreasing pressure over a target tissue.
Tendon/ligament corrections decrease stress on a ligament or tendon. Functional corrections provides
sensory stimulation to either assist or limit a motion. Circulatory/lymphatic corrections help move
lymphatic fluid from more congested to less congested areas.
The Kinesio Tape pulls the upper layers of skin, creating more space between the dermis and the
muscle. The space created is believed to relieve pressure on the lymph channels in the area between the
muscle and the dermis, creating more space for lymph flow and thus better lymph drainage through an
affected area. This space also houses various nerve receptors that send specific information to the brain.
When the space between the epidermis and the muscle is compressed, such as during an injury, these
nerve receptors are compressed and send information to the brain regarding continuous touch, light
touch, cold, pain, pressure, and heat. This inflammation causes the brain to send out certain signals to
the body on how to react to particular stimuli. Kinesio Tape alters the information that these receptors
send to the brain and causes a less reactive response in the body, allowing the body to work in a more
normal manner and removing some of the roadblocks that normally slow down the healing process.
Kinesio Tape also is felt to affect deeper tissues in the body. Increased space theoretically allows
muscles, greater contractility, which in turn pushes more fluid through the muscle, resulting in better
muscle performance. The end results are believed to be reduced muscle fatigue, increase in range of
motion, and better quality of the muscle contraction. It is also used to improve joint alignment by
affecting the muscles and fascia and can reduce poor function of a joint by influencing opposing muscle
groups and joint mobility.
Fascia and lymph have an intimate relationship with each other. Fascia is a material that divides
and separates the muscles and internal organs and helps to provide support against gravity in some
parts of the body. Lymph removes fluids and chemical substances in the muscles. Lymph channels pass
though fascia between the bone and the muscle and superficially between the skin and the muscle.
Lymph ducts range in size from smaller than a hair to 2 cm lymph nodes. Major lymph channels can be
found in the groin, neck, and armpits. When the flow of lymph is restricted or increased, an
accumulation of fluid occurs behind the congested area, resulting in swelling that decreases space
between the muscle and skin, causing the body to react to a painful stimulus.
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