Achilles tendonitis is the most dreaded and yet one of the most commonly occurring sports injuries. Sports which involve lunging, jumping and rigorous running are a major cause of Achilles tendonitis (AT). Though a common injury among sportsmen, AT is also frequently seen in individuals indulging in recreational sports activity. AT can be vastly improved if kinesio tape is used in the correct way. Here are two of the most widely used taping techniques which can protect this vital tendon from injuries and also improve healing.
The Achilles tendon is a large tendon located in the back of the ankle which becomes inflamed due to overuse. The overexertion causes degenerative, microscopic tears in the tendon making is inflamed and stiff. There is severe pain the watershed zone of the tendon which is located just over an inch above the place where the tendon attaches the heel. Though sports are considered to be the main cause, it could also be caused by high-heeled footwear, injury, age and change in exercise routines.
This taping technique involves use of three or four kinesio tape strips depending on the severity of the injury. The first strip is used for tendon correction and so is placed on the Achilles tendon. Another strip might be place on the fascia plantar depending on the severity of the injury as fascia and the tendon have a continual layer of connective tissue. The second strip is placed on the gastrocnemius muscle while the third strip is placed on the plantar surface to anchor the previous two strips.
- Step #1
Measure a kinesio tape for length beginning from the base of your toes or start of the metatarsal head to the musculotendinosus junction placed at the back of your ankle where the soleus muscle meets the Achilles tendon. Make a fan cut on one end of the strip whose length should equal the plantar surface of your foot. Now, tear the paper backing just at the base of the fan cut and place the strip on the heel of the patient. The strip should be cut in such a way that it comfortably reaches around two inches beyond the musculotendinosus junction. Now apply the fan strip to the rest of the plantar surface.
- Step #2
The second strip to be used is a Y-strip which is placed on the anterior side of calcaneus (base of the foot, heel). The foot should be placed in the dorsiflexed position (foot pulled towards the body) when the Y strip is applied around the gastrocnemius muscle which covers the calf region. The technique used for this application is insertion-to-origin with light tension applied to the strip or just the paper off tension.
- Step #3
The third strip is placed on the plantar surface of the foot where both the above strips meet. There is no medical benefit in application of this strip but it helps in keeping the other two strips in place for a longer duration. It is recommended that you use the waterproof kinesio tape for longevity.
A Kinesio tape is an elastic cotton tape that is stuck to our skin using an acrylic adhesive. Physiotherapists use this in a procedure known a kinesiology taping. This cotton tape is bendy and closely mimics the attributes of our muscles. Kinesiology taping is a simple procedure, wherein the Kinesio tape is applied to the strained muscle area for relief. This procedure is especially beneficial for athletes, who need to retain muscle mobility after sustaining an injury, to continue carrying out physiotherapy exercises.
Neck pain can be caused due to many reasons. Herniated spinal discs, spinal injury, pinched nerves, neck muscle strain, and fibromyalgia are some of these. Cramping of the neck or in more severe cases spondylitis can be the after effects of not treating neck pain immediately. Having similar benefits to a neck brace, Kinesio taping, has a host of additional benefits for neck pain.
Tape don’t brace
Like a neck brace kinesio tape supports your neck to relieve muscle tissue from the strain. However, it does not hinder the sideways or circular motion of the neck. The tape imitates muscle movement while performing a lifting action to allow the muscle tissue to relax. Unlike a brace, kinesio tape is stuck on the strained neck day and night, facilitating speedy recovery of the injury.
Drain the tension away
Neck pain caused due to a pinched nerve can be alleviated by a Kinesio tape. The supporting action of the tape, does not allow muscles to constrict around the inflamed nerve cells. Thus, preventing soreness caused due to prolonged constriction of the nerves. The pain dissolves quickly allowing the person to relax.
That bad habit will break you!
Neck pain often causes us to strain our muscles further in the hope of relief. Temporary relief that this pulling action can provide us can aggravate our condition in the future. Like any other muscle injury, neck injury also needs time to heal. Constantly straining muscle tissue in the neck will only cause a tear. Use Kinesio tape to instantly relieve the pain and break this bad habit.
Don’t slouch or you’ll cramp
Strained muscles produce lactic acid that causes fatigue. Muscle fatigue makes us slouch and adopt a bad posture. Bad posture can exacerbate neck pain further, causing neck cramps. Kinesio tape helps drain the lactic acid from muscle tissue, preventing fatigue.
Business as usual
Kinesio allows you to carry out normal neck movements while performing daily activities. This is a major advantage in itself. Everyone cannot afford to be lying in bed for prolonged periods. The adaptability of kinesio taping makes it more appealing than a neck brace.
In home physical therapy, brings you the services of professional physiotherapists in Edmonton. They provide physiotherapy sessions in the comfort of your home. Certified professionals trained in the use of kinesio tape will perform the procedure periodically. This procedure is also included in their athletic therapy program. They are the go to physical therapists in Edmonton.
Damaged muscle tissue can cause the condition known as Tennis Elbow in the muscles that extend when the wrist and fingers are used for any physical activity. Although this condition occurs in 40% of tennis players, it can also occur with any person involved in repetitive manual activities. Tennis Elbow occurs in two stages, chronic and acute both of which cause extreme pain when the wrist is involved in gripping activities or when fingers are extended. In some cases, nerve irritation, tenderness and neck stiffness are also experienced.
How is it treated?
Tennis Elbow is treated using cortisone injections but this treatment is not a permanent solution as patients have reported increased pain resurgence after 3 months of treatment. The most effective way to manage the symptoms of Tennis Elbow is by using physiotherapy or athletic therapy. Edmonton athletic therapy has proven to be effective in reducing pain arising from Tennis Elbow. Another impressive pain management alternative, employed by Calgary athletic therapy, is Kinesio Taping which has found applications across the world. It is a method of applying a specially formulated, elastic tape to the injured or affected area which mimics the body’s movement and provides support to the applied portion.
How does Kinesio Taping help Tennis Elbow?
Kinesio Tape is 40% more elastic than regular athletic tape and moves with your body, therefore, you are not even likely to notice that you are wearing it. It provides superior support to the injured muscle and relieves pain caused due to its movement. Kinesio Tape increases blood flow and improves blood circulation in the body thereby promoting the body’s natural healing processes to aid in the treatment of injuries. For Tennis Elbow, Calgary athletic therapy makes use of specifically cut and measured Kinesio Tape which takes the pressure off of the muscles of the elbow and eases the pain caused when the elbow, wrist or fingers are moved.
Benefits of Kinesio Tape for Tennis Elbow
Calgary Athletic rehab aims to achieve the following in the short-term and long-term management of Tennis Elbow using Kinesio Tape:
Edmonton athletic therapy for the treatment can also include gentle mobilization of your neck and elbow joints, electrotherapy, muscle stretches, neural mobilizations, massage and strengthening.
If you are suffering from Tennis Elbow syndrome due to an injury or degenerative conditions of the elbow muscles, seek rehabilitation from a local Calgary injury rehab service and avail of the incredible benefits of Kinesio Taping. Say goodbye to elbow pain with Calgary athletic therapy and the miracle Kinesio Tape.
If you’re tired of the unbearable pain that tendonitis brings despite shelling out big bucks on pointless therapies with no noticeable results, Kinesio Taping is just the solution for you. It is a major breakthrough in the world of physical therapy providing instant pain relief results.
What is Kinesio Taping?
It is a highly effective method of treating pain in muscles due to injuries or accidents, using specially formulated hypoallergenic cotton tape over the affected area for 3-5 days. It has many applications in a host of conditions due to its ability to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. For more in depth information and comprehension of kinesio therapy, and its beneficial treatment methods, get in touch with our professional kinesiotherapists in Edmonton.
What Kinesiotherapy does?
The application of Kinesio Tape improves blood circulation to promote healing of the injured areas. It also provides additional support to the affected muscles that are injured and which cause pain when moved. It prevents further injury and aids in the rehabilitation of injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The Kinesio tape can be cut as needed, depending on the size and location of the affected area.
How does the application of Kinesio Taping benefit?
Kinesio Taping is especially effective in providing pain relief for tendonitis, as it reduces swelling by facilitating lymph drainage in inflamed regions. But the benefits of this therapy cannot be reaped successfully unless it is applied by professionals who are trained in its usage and application. Self-application cannot give the desired results and can even worsen the injury. Pre-cut tapes are available but are not preferred by professionals. Our Edmonton Injury Rehab Program utilizes a team of highly trained professionals certified in Kinesio Taping Therapy. What’s more, they even offer home services!
Why should you try Kinesio Taping over other forms of therapy?
Compared to conventional therapies for tendonitis, Kinesio Taping is painless, inexpensive and non-invasive. It is made from hypoallergenic cotton and is latex free. It allows freedom of movement despite the strong support that it provides. It is also waterproof which allows it to withstand sweat, humidity and water exposure during showering, swimming etc. It provides continuous therapy for 24 hours and can last up to 5 days. The breathable cotton feels like a second skin, you won’t even know you’re wearing it! For testimonials of the Edmonton Injury Rehab Program by people who have discovered the life-changing benefits of Kinesio Taping, click here.
All in all, it is the most sought after therapy in the world for muscle pain relief and a must try for those suffering from tendonitis. Book an appointment for the Edmonton Injury Rehab Program today, to make the most of this wonderful therapy in the comfort of your own home.
What is Kinesio taping?
It is a taping method which consists of a cotton strip that is applied on the deltoid muscle region from application to origin to support the muscles and relieve pain.
Why Kinesio taping? Does it help?
Shoulder movements become very restricted in a frozen shoulder, as there is a scar like tissue formation in the shoulder joint which leaves less room for movement and makes its functioning painful. Recovery from a frozen shoulder takes about 2-4 years. So instead of waiting for your frozen shoulder to recover by itself, you can always seek for professional assistance. Kinesio taping included as a part of athletic therapy, provides security and stability to the affected joint, and at the same time reduces pain. These adhesive tapes are known to enhance support, which in turn allows you to move your affected shoulder without encountering extensive pain.
Overall joint function improves with the application of kinesio tape, and it also helps retaining normal muscle activation. During recovery phase, it acts as an additional protection. And it is also available in different colors like black, blue, and pink for aesthetic purposes.
How are Kinesio Tapes applied?
Even though pre-cut tapes (Kinesio tapes) are available, it is not recommended to apply them at home without our professional athletic therapists’ supervision, as it can simply worsen the injury.
Kinesio tapes when applied by professionals, provide support and relief. So, when you apply it by yourself and don’t experience any sort of relief, then you’re doing it wrong!
Why to prefer Kinesio Tapes over other methods?
There are certain advantages as to why Kinesio tapes should be preferred over other methods. It can be removed by applying baby oil, or olive oil which helps dissolving the tape’s adhesive substance making it easy for removal.
Kinesio tapes are reusable. They are waterproof and do not cause any skin irritation. They can stay up to 5 days when applied correctly. The adhesive used in the tapes are drug-free. Pain relief is usually experienced as a result of the body’s own healing mechanism. The Kinesio tape which is made use of by our professional athletic therapists can help your affected shoulder to recover faster.
Kinesio Tape it is!
Kinesio Therapy is indeed the safest and most economical treatment method for a frozen shoulder. Our professional athletic therapists in Calgary have enough knowledge and experience which will save you time, money and most definitely help you recover faster.
Even though there have been many recent advances in treating joint motion disabilities, few studies have evaluated longitudinal effect of therapeutic modalities on the functional exercise capacity of patients with joint motion disabilities.
The purpose here is to investigate the effects of kinesiotherapy and electrotherapy on functional exercise capacity.
Kinesiotherapy for Coxarthrosis:
Patients suffering from primary coxarthrosis result from an imbalance between stress mechanisms exerted on the hip and the exercise resistance capacity of cartilage and bone tissue. Kinesiotherapy administered to patients contributed to the increase of the joint angle values at the level of the coxofemoral joint and muscle strength. There are various kinesiotherapy programs that are undertaken by professional kinesiotherapists, and for joint motion disabilities, the most common method of evaluation is the six-minute walk test.
The kinesiotherapy programs are aimed at meeting all the four objectives of the treatment of this disease, i.e. the reduction of pain, increase of mobility and stability, improvement of coordination and balance during walking. Kinesiotherapy treatment involves several aspects such as, removal of favoring factors, drug therapy, physiotherapeutic treatment and surgical treatment.
The essential role of kinesiotherapy in patients with primary coxarthrosis, which contributes to the prevention of the vicious positions of the hip, the recovery of the function of the coxofemoral joint by kinesiotherapy involves increase of joint mobility, muscle strength along with the improvement and fighting of pain.
We compared our treatment methods with one treatment protocol group with the other controlled group. On those basis, we concluded that kinesiotherapy treatment made a difference, but there is no indication on how one program compares with other treatment protocols. The six-minute walk test is a tool that can be used to evaluate improvements in the functional exercise capacity of patients submitted to a clinical intervention. Furthermore, our study shows that kinesiotherapy, electrotherapy and ultrasound therapy are effective for reducing pain and improving and the strengthening the performance of patients suffering from joint motion disabilities.
If you’re unsure about your joint disability, or are unsure about knowing which therapy would be the most appropriate for your joint condition, get in touch with our professional physiotherapists in Edmonton who are experts when it comes to employing kinesiotherapy, ultrasound, or electrotherapy treatment methods.
What is Bursitis of Shoulder?
A bursa is a small fluid filled sac that helps to reduce friction between tissues of the body as they glide over each other. One of the major bursae is located at the shoulders adjacent to the tendons. Bursitis is the inflammation of this sac around the shoulder joint due to injury, chronic overuse or other causes. The inflamed bursa will also compress the neighbouring soft tissue resulting in pain and edema.
Signs and Symptoms
Bursitis is typically identified by the localization of pain or swelling and tenderness near the shoulder. Movement of arms or shoulder may also be affected. Shoulder bursitis may often be accompanied by tendinitis of tendons adjacent to the affected bursa. It can also cause a pinching or shooting pain when moving the elbow away from the body, also referred to as a sign of impingement.
How does Kinesio Taping help with shoulder bursitis?
Treatment of any form of bursitis depends on whether it is infected or not. However, infection of a shoulder bursa is not commonly heard of, it is mostly caused due to direct injury. During the first 24-72 hours of injury, the main focus of treatment is to reduce swelling. Along with ice compresses to the region, recommended rest, and anti-inflammatory and pain medication, the therapist may also recommend kinesio taping of the anterior deltoid (near the joint of the shoulder and arm in the front) and lower trapezium insertion (near the shoulder arch towards the spinal region). A similar taping may be done on the other side of the body, making a criss cross pattern. These tapings are attached with tension in order to support the muscles and provide ease of movement in spite of the injury.
In the next phase of treatment after 72 hours, the therapist may aim to reduce swelling and accumulation of lymph at the joint. This procedure may involve aspiration of the fluid using a needle followed by application of a space correction strip to create space between the skin and bursa to allow for edema reduction. This strip is applied over the deltoid tuberosity (from above your clavicle to the side of your arm) with no tension. In order to better notice convulations in the musculature, the patient might be asked to move his arm behind while taping.
In chronic shoulder bursitis, the patient might also be given an injection of cortisone steroid to help reduce the inflammation as taping techniques alone would not be very effective. Kinesio taping works well with physiotherapy as it does not hamper movement and provides additional support to the muscle, while also preventing further injury. In case of infected bursitis, the treatment may involve intravenous antibiotics and advanced hospitalization. You physiotherapist will be best equipped to diagnose your bursitis and determine if you would require additional treatment or taping for other problems such as rotator cuff injury, impingement and/or tendonitis.