Dr. Gefaller is certified by Spider-Tech and KT-Tape - The leaders in Kinesio Taping. Kinesio Tape is different than the while athletic tape you may have used before. It is not used to provide bracing, but stimulates muscles to improve support around an injured area and it can help restore pain-free movement to a joint or muscles. Kinesio Tape can also be used to reduce swelling and bruising after an injury. This will speed your recovery and get you back to doing what you love.
What is Kinesiology Tape?
Kinesio tape is a thin, stretchy, waterproof cotton tape that is about as thick and stretchy as human skin. It is a great non-bulky, non-restrictive alternative to a big brace for treating a variety of injuries. It also has a grid-like pattern which makes it breathable.
The tape was invented by a Japanese chiropractor in the 1970. Dr. Kenso Kase, wanted to give his patients a way to continue to see improvement between appointments. He claims that taping "can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing."
How Does the Tape Work?
Dr. Gefaller will take a look at the injury, and make a taping plan. The tape can be applied with different tensions to generate the appropriate amount of support to stabilize the affected area.
Since the tape is made of stretchy cotton, it is very strong. This provides support but still allows for movement. Dr. Gefaller will put the tape on the affected area, and then rub it to activate the adhesive. The tape gently lifts the skin and allows increased blood flow between the skin and the affected muscle area below.
Dr. Gefaller identifies four major goals of the tape:
Muscle support: improves ability to move weakened muscles and reduces pain
Improves blood circulation: improves blood circulation by gently lifting the skin to allow increased blood flow.
Stimulates healing: promotes healing naturally
Improves joint problems: increased range of motion