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Kinesiology Tape and Why It’s So Great

RockTape

You may have noticed people wearing brightly coloured strapping tape on their bodies on and off the sporting field. This type of tape is called ‘Kinesiology Tape’ (brand names include K-Tape, Rock Tape or Spider Tape) and is different from traditional strapping tape. Traditional tape is non-elastic and is used to support and restrict an injured joint (such as a rolled ankle). The difference and the advantage of Kinesiology tape is its elasticity, making it comfortable to wear and less restrictive. Depending on how it is applied it can be used for a few different purposes, such as;
• help reduce pain and inflammation by improving circulation to an acutely injured muscle/tendon/ligament. (It may be useful to use kinesiology tape early on when recovering from an injury, ie. torn or strained muscle).
• to provide support to an injured joint whilst allowing movement. Rather than restricting the joint from moving, kinesiology tape can help facilitate muscles to work better to actively support the joint. This is useful for less serious ligament strains or later in the rehabilitation process following a joint strain when returning to sports/activities.
• assist in recovery and return to activity after soft tissue injury (ie. muscle strains or overuse injury like tennis elbow or shin splints). The elastic property of the tape can distribute load away from the damaged/inflamed soft tissue whilst it continues to recover.
• on athletes to enhance performance and assist with muscle recovery (via helping remove lactic acid, reducing fatigue, cramps and muscle soreness).
This is not an exhaustive list, but a few examples of types of injuries that Kinesiology tape usually helps with when combined with physiotherapy treatment. Feel free to talk to one the physiotherapists at Arana Hills Physiotherapy to discuss whether this tape could help you.
· Arthritis
· Bursitis
· Joint instability/ hypermobility
· Torn/strained muscles
· Muscle pain (ie. fibromyalgia)
· Muscle spasms
· Tendinopathy/tendinitis (such as rotator cuff, tennis elbow, Gluteal tendinopathy, patella tendinopathy, Achilles  tendinopathy)
· Plantar fasciitis, Severs disease, Osgood Schlatters disease
· Postural issues

Wearing colourful tape is often fun and helpful but it is designed to work most effectively when combined with physiotherapy treatment/exercise and stretches to treat the actual injury or condition. We also provide a strapping service for all our clients who pop in (appointment required) and get professionally strapped for a nominal fee.

And if you’ve ever wondered if the different colours and patterns mean anything, the answer is no. The colour and patterns comes down to what you like best or your team colours.

Get Your Body Tuned Up By Our Physio

Tune Up

 

Your body is an amazing engineering and mechanical masterpiece (well at least that’s how they usually start out), which just like other mechanical items can require tune ups to identify issues before they become a problem.

Certain injuries and conditions often benefit from a semi regular physiotherapy appointment to help keep the joints, muscles and nervous system running smoothly. By doing this, your issues should give you less pain, better function and in the long run usually fewer appointments in total.

Who would benefit from this?
This list isn’t exhaustive but gives you an idea of when semi-regular physiotherapy treatment can be beneficial in managing injury and conditions: –
People who regularly exercise or are involved heavily in sport often benefit from a regular massage/trigger relief therapy whether they have a history of injuries or not. This helps prevent overuse injuries and gets on top of those little ‘niggles’ quickly before they become a bigger problem requiring time of from sport or exercise.
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– likewise, people with physical jobs who are often loading their bodies in repetitive and/or strenuous ways – chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis (particularly spinal crush fractures), scoliosis and fibromyalgia.
– recurring injuries or pain, whether it be back, shoulders, hips, knees. This includes pain from bursitis, headache sufferers and postural related neck/back pain.

The type of treatment (massage, joint mobilisation, progressive exercise prescription), and the frequency of appointments (anywhere from weekly to six weekly) will vary depending on the individual and the condition that is being managed. If you are unsure whether you would benefit from a more regular approach to physiotherapy treatment then call us at Arana Hills Physiotherapy. We are happy to help and give you honest advice if regular visits would be right for you. You may also like to check out some of our other blogs with exercises you can do at home to help manage pain and injury more effectively. In particular, if you suffer with tight & sore muscles than it is worth looking at our foam roller blog as over the coming months we will start packaging some of our more common products together at reduced prices. Check out our Home Physio Pack which includes a foam roller, spikey ball and pocket physio.

Foam Roller, How to use and what it’s for

Foam Roller

 What is a foam roller and why should I use one?

You may have seen or heard about the much loved and equally hated ‘foam roller’. The ‘foam roller’ may often be spotted at the gym, the physio clinic, or in the humble lounge room. Maybe your friend or your physio has recommended that you use a foam roller. If you’ve gotten as far as actually trying one for yourself, you probably found it to be quite uncomfortable to use. So why bother?

Foam rollers are used for self myofascial release. Basically, this is a fancy way of saying that the roller allows you to give your muscles and connective tissue a good firm massage. The foam roller helps you release tight muscles and fascia (connective tissue) in order for your joints to move more freely without dysfunction caused by muscle tightness. The roller can also release “trigger points” or “knots” in your muscles. You may notice a trigger point as a sore spot in the muscle that can even refer pain into other regions when pressure is applied.

Self myofascial release with a tool such as the foam roller (or a trigger ball, spikey ball etc) allows you to take control of your recovery process. You can apply pressure in the exact spots that need it most, because only you can feel exactly what is happening.

The deep compression from the roller helps to break up and relax any tight muscles or adhesions that have formed between the muscles and their surrounding tissue.
This technique of self myofascial release also promotes normal blood flow to return and the restoration of healthy tissue.
If you are suffering from a particular injury or acute pain, it is wise to consult your physiotherapist before you commence using a foam roller to ensure it is appropriate. Your physio will be able to teach you how to use the foam roller effectively, and how to target different muscle groups. If you already have access to a foam roller and need inspiration on how to use it, a quick Google or YouTube search will get you on the right track. You may also need to include appropriate strengthening exercises in your program, as your muscles tend to get tight when they are doing the job of other muscles that have gone on holidays.

Arana Hills Physiotherapy stock foam rollers for purchase and treat patients from Arana Hills, Ferny Hills, Arana Hills, Ferny Grove, Keperra, Everton Park, Everton Hills, Enoggera, Albany Creek, Aspley, Stafford and surrounds. We have a wide range of patients from North Brisbane and we are proud to boast that some patients travel from South Brisbane because of our reputation.