Kinesio Taping in Kansas City (Rocktape) is one of our chiropractors’ favorite tools to help improve blood flow and proprioceptive feedback.
Kinesio Taping in Kansas City
Chiropractic Kinesio & Rock Tape Applications
Proprioceptive feedback (or input) we receive from the various tissues and joints in our body can influence the way we move. Depending on our daily, repetitive activities, the ways in which we move or complete tasks can lead to excessive strain on muscle tissue(s). This can lead to pain and even injury over time. Chiropractic Kinesiology, or Kinesio, Taping in Kansas City can provide external feedback to help correct and improve these movement patterns. In addition, Kinesio Taping also improves blood flow and lymph return, which can aid in tissue recovery!
What It Treats
Our chiropractic clinic’s Kinesio Taping in Kansas City can play a role in assisting the recovery process and correcting the root cause of many conditions, some of which include:
- Back pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shoulder pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee pain
- Tennis elbow
- Shin splints
- Little leaguers elbow
- Nerve entrapments
How Kinesio Tape Works
Kinesio Taping (Rock Tape) uses a non-latex fabric with elastic properties to adheres to the skin. We can place this tape over many regions of the body. Due to its elastic properties, once the tape is applied to the skin, the tension in the tape provides a type of sensory feedback to the brain which can influence movement patterns.
This elastic tension also provides a micro-level “skin lift” which promotes blood and lymph circulation at the region of application.
Kinesio tape is designed to promote healing and support the joints and muscles without restricting the body’s natural range of motion. Kinesio taping throughout the Kansas City area is a method people of all ages can benefit from, especially for those recovering from an injury or surgery.
Made with a blend of nylon and cotton, our Rock Tape mimics the elasticity of the skin, allowing patients to move, exercise, and perform physical daily activities without restriction. On the other hand, traditional tape stabilizes joints and muscles while holding them in place, which in return can possibly lead to dysfunction and/or restriction of proper biomechanics.
Soft tissue (muscles, fascia, connective tissues, skin) all have sensory receptors that trigger sensations such as touch, temperature, and pain. When an injury occurs, the brain and nervous system activates those sensory receptors to feel pain.
Kinesio taping can change the communication between the brain and sensory receptors to reduce the amount of pain in the area. By microscopically lifting the skin, our Kinesio tape can decompress soft tissue and change the signals going to the brain, therefore reducing how much pain a patient feels.
Kinesio taping can also reduce swelling in injured areas. A lot of this is due to increased lymphatic fluid circulation.The lymphatic system helps the body regulate swelling and fluid build up. Lymphatic fluid, though mostly comprised of water, also contains bacteria, proteins, and other chemicals. With Kinesio or Rock Tape, the goal is to lift the skin and create additional subcutaneous space. As a result, lymphatic fluid can move more freely around the area.
Kinesio taping at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic strives to break up soft tissue adhesions and trigger points. When the tape lifts the skin over tense, knotted areas, it helps alleviate pain, increase flexibility, and loosen adhered tissue.
How do soft tissue adhesions form?
Soft tissue adhesions form in different ways, depending on the patient’s lifestyle. These fibrous bands may come about from injuries, surgery, improper movement, and even poor posture. Although part of the body’s natural healing process, they may cause stiffness and pain in some people.
Oftentimes, repetitive trauma from muscle overuse without the right amount of recovery could also lead to adhesions and scarring. Muscle overuse and the resulting adhesions may come from an accumulation of microtraumas (small tears), not getting enough oxygen, or abrupt acute factors (collisions, injuries, pulls, tears, etc.).
Scar tissue and adhesions depend on collagen to rebuild. Collagen is a structural protein found throughout the body, including your skin, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissue. Due to its cellular alignment, collagen is extremely strong, enabling it to resist forces like stretching and pulling without breaking.
After an injury, the healing process cleans the site and pulls in new cells, some of which are collagen cells. Scar tissue forms because the body doesn’t know exactly how to rearrange those collagen cells so they form healthy tissue. As a result, the cells can begin to clump together leading to discomfort, pain, and flexibility restrictions.
Regardless of how a patient’s soft tissue adhesions came about, our providers at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic can use Kinesio taping in Kansas City to treat different ailments. We focus on each patient’s specific goals to ensure we perform a highly customized treatment that is effective and up to standard. Kinesio taping should never implement the same techniques for every patient, so patients should expect their certified chiropractor to adjust his or her tape application patterns to reach the optimal patient outcome.
We highly recommend patients always speak to our team or visit one of our offices to determine if Kinesio taping in the Kansas City area is right for them.
Kinesio and Rock Tape at F.I.T
F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic utilizes Chiropractic Kinesio Taping with rock tape to optimize movement patterns, manage and/or reduce swelling, improve circulation, alleviate muscle tension, and provide support to painful muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints.
Utilizing Kinesio Taping in Kansas City is just one component that all of the doctors at F.I.T Muscle & Joint Clinic can incorporate into your comprehensive plan of care. We develop these plans to specifically and efficiently address your unique needs and goals.
Our team of doctors focus on providing the best care to maximize patient outcomes. Because of this, we study and understand how to use our Kinesio tape (Rock Tape) to individualize each treatment to a patient’s needs. This allows us to hone in on specific structures to target the underlying soft tissue, trigger points, and other areas of concern.
Kinesio taping throughout the Kansas City region is a rehabilitative technique that focuses on promoting the body’s natural healing process, improving blood flow, and breaking up scarred or adhered soft tissue. It also supports the body’s range of motion, which can enhance endurance and strength during the rehab process.
Our medically trained providers at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic use Kinesio tape on a variety of patients, no matter how small or big the problem. Since our therapy is customized, each patient receives a treatment that is exclusively their own, rather than a one-size-fits-all treatment.
Our providers have performed countless Kinesio tape applications and have mastered the art of non-invasive musculoskeletal patient care. We don’t believe in generalized treatments simply because we don’t deal with generalized problems. At F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic, we support our patients through their journey from start to finish.
Kinesio taping and trigger points
The term “myo” describes the muscle and “fascial” describes the connective tissue surrounding it. Trigger points are simply a knot made from groups of muscles that shorten when activated but don’t lengthen to relax. Without lengthening, the muscles stay in a “balled up” state, which causes stiffness, pain, and excess tightness.
These trigger points develop sensitive nodules in the muscle, and the muscle becomes so tight they compress the capillaries and nerves that supply it. Without proper supply, the muscle can’t move properly, gain fresh oxygen and nutrients, or eliminate excess acidic chemicals.
When patients have a myofascial trigger point, they may notice discomfort when touching the area, pain when stretching and moving, decreased joint movement, and they may even face a temporary loss in coordination.
Trigger points come from a variety of factors such as:
- Sudden movement changes
- Increased muscle loading (i.e. during sports training)
- Stagnant postures (sitting or standing for prolonged periods)
- Nutritional deficiencies
With Kinesio taping and other techniques utilized at F.I.T. Muscle and Joint Clinics throughout the Kansas City area, we can alleviate some of those trigger points while supporting the joints and muscles to prevent further injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Kinesio Taping?
Also known as kinesiology tape, kt tape, or kinesiotaping, Kinesio taping is the method of using tape to provide relief at a neurological level.
Is Kinesio or Rock Tape right for you?
Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.
Visit your local F.I.T.
Meet the team at any of our 6 locations: Lee’s Summit, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Olathe, Overland Park & Shawnee.