Kinesio Tape

At Spokane Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic we have found that Kinesio taping has become an integral part of getting patients better faster and keeping them better longer.  The taping allows us to move through the phases of care faster so we can rehab tissue that is healthier and this allows for a better healing process.

Many of our athletes have come to depend on Kinesio Tape to help them work through their injuries and continue to compete.  They find that what would normally be a injury that would require rest and time off, they can continue to train and compete while their injury heals.

The Kinesio Tex Gold tape that is designed to work with Kinesio Taping Method®, and the proper application of the tape are critical in achieving the results that our patients have come to expect.

How does it work?

“The Kinesio Taping® Method enhances the body’s natural healing process and provides support through the muscles.

How can something so gentle be so effective to reduce pain?

KTM allows for full range of motion.  It does not negatively affect circulation, since there is no wrapping, and therefore no impediment of blood flow. KTM is a “light” modality. In rehabilitative applications it works continuously, so each treatment can continue for 2 to 3 days. KTM is like having healing hands to put on the area 24 - 7.

To illustrate: When you bump your knee, your elbow, your head, (any part of your body) what is your first, unthinking response? You rub on it. That works; it feels better. Why?
What is in effect here is something called Gate Control Theory: The rubbing provides a distraction, impeding the brain’s message of pain, closing the “gate” on pain receptors, at least temporarily.  But this sensation effect is only the beginning.

The technique is based on three important concepts. They are Space, Movement and Cooling. Muscles that are painful and/or inflamed lack space.  When the KTM technique is applied to create space, it is helpful in and of itself, but also leads to the opportunity for improved movement and circulation. This space and movement then allows for cooling of the affected muscles, often combined with cryotherapy.

By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, the KTM alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin.  This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.”