At Carolina Active Health Chiropractic, we provide kinesiotaping using RockTape's Functional Movement Techniques method.  Dr. Nelson is FMT I & II certified.  You've probably seen athletes wearing kinesiotape, but wondered why.  Below is more information on what it is, and what it does.

How does it work?
Kinesiology tape is thought to cause decompression of the skin from underlying tissue which causes 3 things:

Neurological Effect:
A lot of pain generated by movement or muscle contraction is generated by nerve endings in the space between the skin and muscle.  As tape decompresses this space there is less pressure on these nerve endings so is reduced or stopped completely at its source.  Having elastic tape stuck to your skin is also believed to stimulate receptors within the skin called mechanoreceptors.  These receptors play a part in our movement awareness, or what therapists call proprioception.  Many therapists believe that one of the main effects of applying Rocktape is to improve our proprioception,which can both decrease pain and improve the way we move.

Mechanical Effect:
As pressure on the layers of tissue between skin and bone is reduced more normal slide and the glide mechanics between the layers of tissue are restored.  It is likely that this is the mechanism that can make someone who can only bend forward as far as their knees, suddenly progress to touch their toes in an instant following a simple lumbar spine application!  When Rocktape is applied with more stretch it can be used to support areas where tissue has been strained,torn,weakened or lengthened.  By adding more elastic recoil to the taped area, functional stability and tissue ‘snapback’ are enhanced.  

Fluid Effect: 
By causing decompression the tape promotes a more normal fluid dynamic in the taped area.  Swelling is better able to flow out of the area, taking with it toxins which result from inflammation and injury.  In addition blood may have less resistance to enter the area bringing with it more oxygen and nutrients vital for healing and recovery.  This fluid effect is probably behind the dramatic improvement in swollen and bruised tissue that is often seen when Rocktape is applied.

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