Kinesitherapy, Medical Spinal Manipulation
Kinesio taping is a treatment method which has become an important part of modern medicine several years ago. This method has been developed and upgraded for as many as 25 years and it was developed by a Japanese doctor Kenzo Kase.
Kinesio taping is used in our Polyclinic for muscle and joint injuries, hematomas and different painful conditions. This method can be applied in acute and chronic illnesses. Kinesio taping has proved to be an excellent addition to other physical therapy methods.
In our practice, we use Kinesio taping during rehabilitation after sports injuries but also as part of postoperative rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, shoulder, elbow and ankle surgery, and alike. We use it often in athletes with muscle overuse syndrome with the aim to relax the “exhausted” muscle what makes the continuation of sports activity easier. Kinesio taping is largely used for different types of tendinitis: e.g. Achilles tendon inflammation, jumper’s knee, inflammation of shoulder belt tendons in order to relieve pain and inflammation and to enable return to normal activities as fast as possible.
The basic physiological principle of Kinesio taping:
- Corrects muscle function – Kinesio taping is successful in achieving an adequate muscle tonus, increases or reduces muscle contraction (depending on the technique that we apply)
- Increased blood and lympha circulation – thus reducing edema and hematomas
- Reduced pain
- Corrects joint irregularities – thanks to Kinesio taping we influence the restoring of joint function
Functions and effects of Kinesio taping:
- Improving muscle function – after injury such as tears, strains, contusions, inflammations
- Increases the circulation of lympha and blood in case of large tissue damage
- Reduces pain
- Supports the function of the joint
- Placed in the muscle area – for increased or decreased tonus or for muscle injuries
- Placed in the ligament area – most commonly for overuse of tendon–ligament apparatus
- Corrective placement of tape – e.g. scoliosis in child age
- Placed for lympha flow – enables the lifting of skin resulting in faster subsiding of edema.
- Open wounds
- Scars which have not healed completely
- Neurodermitis and psoriasis
- Genital area in the first three months of pregnancy