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Kinesio Taping in Alexandria

What is Kinesiology Tape?

Dr Shara with a kinesio taping patientKinesio tape is a thin, stretchy, waterproof cotton tape about as thick and stretchy as human skin. It is a lighter, less restrictive alternative to using a brace to treat an injury. Its grid-like pattern also makes it breathable.

Kinesio tape is non-medicinal and non-invasive, so it can be used for children and adults. The tape is made from latex-free elastic fibers, cotton and hypoallergenic adhesive.

What to Expect

Dr. Posner will examine the injury, and make a taping plan to stabilize the affected area. The tape is applied using different tensions to provide the appropriate amount of support, but still allows for movement. After the tape is applied to the affected area, we rub it to activate the adhesive. The tape then gently lifts the skin and allows increased blood flow between the skin and the affected muscle below.

How Does It Help?

There are four major goals in using kinesio taping: support and improve the ability to move weakened muscles and reduce pain; improve blood circulation by gently lifting the skin, allowing increased blood flow; promote healing naturally; and improve joint range of motion.

How We Use Kinesio Tape

  • Rehabilitation: taping after an adjustment helps stabilize the affected area. This takes pressure off the treated areas and allows the muscles and ligaments nearby to heal.
  • Alignment: can benefit, as the tape can be applied with different amounts of tension. By pulling on your muscles, it can gently guide the affected area back into alignment. Correcting misalignments can help decrease joint pain and soreness.
  • Pain reduction: kinesio taping can help reduce pain. When applied to the affected area, the tape pulls fluids from swelling away, and reduces the tension that’s causing pain.
  • Injury prevention: taping before competition should be considered if an athlete knows a particular joint needs more stability or support.

Once applied, the tape will usually remain in place for 3-5 days between treatments. It’s water-resistant and stays put even through showers and workouts.

Book an Appointment

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Kinesio Taping Old Town Alexandria VA | (703) 683-7771