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Kinesio Tape is not just for Olympians and Professional Athletes

Ever wonder what Professional Athletes and Olympians are doing with that stretchy tape all over their bodies.

Marketplace Physical Therapy Kinesio Tape

Marketplace Physical Therapy Riverside has been using Kinesio Tape before it became the craze it is today. Dr. Ellstrom, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, who is our Physical Therapist Chino,  came across Kinesio Taping when she saw beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh with a very unusual tape on her body in the 2008 Olympics.  After substantial research she became certified in Kinesio Taping. She is the only Physical Therapist in Chino with this Certification and one of few in the Inland Empire. Dr. Ellstrom has trained our head Physical Therapist Riverside, Dr. Steven Nieto, in the proper Kinesio Taping form.

You might ask “What is Kinesio Taping?”   Kinesio Tape is a non-restrictive, elastic taping material that supports and normalizes muscle function.  It  works to improve joint stability which is a major factor in numerous injuries. Most of us have seen traditional athletic tape. This type of taping is designed to restrict movement of injured body parts so as not to cause any further damage.  Athletic tape restricts movement, unlike Kinesio Tape which encourages proper movement. The kind of tape Dr. Ellstrom, Doctorate of Physical Therapy, uses for patients at her Physical Therapy Clinic in Chino is air permeable and water-resistant. It can stay on for 3-4 days  through sweating and showers and yet it is still easy to remove.

Below is an outline of the four main benefits of Kinesio Taping.

1. Normalize muscle function – Often when we are injured we change the natural movement of our muscle because that movement is painful. However, changing gate or natural movement can cause injury to other areas. Physical Therapists have seen so many cases of this. It is very common for knee injuries to result in hip problems. Being certified in Kinesio Taping, Dr. Ellstrom knows exactly where to place the tape in order to normalize the movement of the muscle with decreased pain.

2. Improve Lymphatic and Blood Flow – Kinesio Taping encourages the recruitment of accessory muscles, thereby facilitating efficient lymphatic drainage and blood flow. This helps to decrease swelling to injured areas and increased  blood flow helps to nourish inured areas so that they can heal faster.

3. Reduce pain – Have you ever bumped your knee and instinctively rubbed it to make it feel better. Of course you have. The rubbing provides a distraction, impeding the brain’s message of pain, closing the “gate” on pain receptors. This is the same reason why Kinesio Taping helps to reduce pain in injured patients.

4. Correct joint mal-alignment : Over time joints that are not aligned can result in serious discomfort. Specialized taping techniques can pull joints into proper alignment relieving the pressure put on the muscles and surrounding fascia.

Major sports teams have capitalized on the benefits of Kinesio Tape with 50% of NFL teams, 75% of MLB teams, and 30% of NBA teams using this method.

While Kinesio Taping is just one method Dr. Ellstrom and Dr. Nieto uses to make patients feel better, we encourage you to find out if it works for you. Contact us at 951.684.2874  for a free consultation with Dr. Ellstrom, Doctorate of Physical Therapy or one of our other therapists in the Inland Empire. We have five Physical Therapy offices located in Riverside, Corona, Chino, Beaumont, and Redlands.

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