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Kinesio Taping

What is it?

Kinesio Taping is a technique that involves using a soft specialized medical-grade adhesive tape to support muscles and joints, for the promotion of healing and recovery post injury. Kinesio tape is a proprietary blend of cotton and nylon, designed to mimic the skin’s elasticity allowing full range of motion so muscles can move more freely. The tape is water-resistant and durable allowing it to stay on for three to five days at a time, so there’s no need to worry about it detaching during workouts or showers. Its application to the affected area creates a rippling effect of the skin known as convolutions which gently lift the upper layer of the skin (the epidermis) from the underlying tissue (dermis) below it. This process works on a cellular level with the fluid outside cells, blood and lymph to increase volume and decrease pressure altering the microcirculation in the skin and superficial tissues.

Kinesio Taping Benefits

How can it help me?

Kinesio Taping is a safe and natural treatment option that can help speed up muscle recovery, reduce scar tissue, and improve overall function. Many users report significant benefits, including a reduction in pain and swelling. The treatment can also help improve posture and support during physical sports or activities by re-educating the muscle and providing support to weak zones. Additionally, taping stimulates bruise and contusion recovery, helps prevent and relieve muscle spasms and cramping, reduces the risk of injury, and prolongs the effects of physical therapy. Your therapist may recommend using Kinesio Tape for chronic conditions or injuries because one application lasts multiple days and doesn’t interfere with tasks in everyday life.

Techniques and Exercises

What we incorporate into our treatments

Kinesio Taping can include techniques or exercises such as:

  • Perpendicular technique for supporting joints and ligaments
  • Y-Tape for hamstring strains
  • X-Tape for ankle instability and MCL injuries
  • Shoulder taping technique for shoulder impingement
  • Dynamic knee stabilization technique for knee pain
  • McConnell taping method for patellofemoral pain

Who is eligible for Kinesio Taping

Common symptoms and conditions

  • Musculoskeletal injuries or conditions
  • Swelling reduction
  • Scar tissue reduction
  • Lymphedema
  • Muscle strains
  • Sprains
  • Shin splints
  • Knee and back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Ligament sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder instability
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Hamstring and quadriceps strain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Ankle instability
  • Turf toe
  • Tibialis Posterior Dysfunction
  • Bunions
  • Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome
  • IT Band Friction Syndrome
  • Achilles Tendonitis​​
  • Correct posture in head, neck, etc
  • Enhancing performance in athletes
  • Managing scars

Contraindications of Kinesio Taping

  • People with certain medical conditions, such as open wounds, broken bones, nerve damage, or circulatory disorders
  • People who use anticoagulant drugs or have latex allergies
  • Use caution on children, pregnant women, and people with sensitive skin

your team

Ready To Get Your Body Working Better!

Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy is staffed with a professional and caring team of experts with clinical experience in utilizing Kinesio Taping. Browse through our physical therapist profiles to learn how they can help you with restoring functionality.

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Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy began as an idea to bring the highest quality physical therapy to all people in our community. We wanted to offer the best that NYC has in health care while not marginalizing people based on socioeconomic boundaries (race, income, language, religion, etc). We offer a “concierge style service” and continue to accept many commercial insurances, medicare and even medicaid policies.

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Since this is a physical therapy session which will require a physical examination and therapeutic exercise (varies by patient), we ask all our patients to come prepared. Please come dressed in loose fitted clothing that will allow for easy mobility, comfort, and access to the area of complaint. In addition we recommend sneakers with soles that grip to prevent slips or falls.

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Each patients case and diagnosis is unique and requires the development of an individualized plan of care. Your physical therapist will give you an estimate of the number of sessions needed to reach a level of “feeling better”, during your initial evaluation.

Over time the number of visits may increase or decrease from the initial estimate, based on the progress made.

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