Austin Therapeutic Bodywork & Wellness
Kerri Walsh, two-time Olympic gold medalist, first used Kinesiology Tape during the 2008 Olympics to support her shoulder and play pain-free after rotator cuff surgery earlier that year. Now she uses Kensio Tape to continue to stabilize her shoulder after coming back into tournament play following the birth of her first child. It has become an essential part of her game-time equipment.
What is Kinesio Taping?
The Kinesio Taping Method has taken the Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine world by storm. This amazing taping method was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase over 25 years ago in Japan. Since then, Kinesio® Taping has become the gold standard for therapeutic and rehabilitative taping. This proprietary method of taping uses a uniquely designed and patented tape for treatment of muscular disorders and lymphedema (swelling) reduction.
The Kinesio Taping Method involves taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. The Kinesio Taping Method is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while allowing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion. The name comes from the science of Kinesiology, or the science of body movement. On a neuro-muscular level, the tape works to re-educate muscle movement and extend the effect of the bodywork session. This latex-free tape is water and sweat proof and should ideally be left on the skin for 3-5 days.
Kinesio Tape should only be applied by a certified practitioner, because an understanding of muscle origin, attachment and function, as well as knowledge of lymphatic flow, is required in order to achieve the desired effects.
Kinesio Tape is used to
- Re-educate the neuromuscular system
- Reduce pain
- Enhance performance
- Prevent injury
- Promote improved circulation and healing
- Facilitate in the flow of lymphatic fluid. When applied to an area of edema or swelling, Kinesio Tape lifts the skin and allows for continued lymphatic drainage.
Nan is certified by Kinesio Tape International, the gold-standard in Kinesio Tape training and certification. She has been utilizing this tape in her practice, with amazing results. Kinesio Tape extends the effects of the bodywork session 24 hours/day for 3-5 days. If conditions present during treatment that Nan feels will respond well to taping, she will discuss the use of taping in your treatment plan as well as any additional charges which may apply.
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