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Wednesday's with WVPT
Author: Ryan Hubbard
March 29th 2017 - Sports Taping and Golf
 
The snow is melting, golf courses are preparing for the upcoming season, and the oil deliveries to my home will be less frequent (I hope).  These things among others, are why I love this time of year.  Springtime is also when many northeast golfers are gearing up for play as courses open.  This could mean purchasing new equipment to add to your arsenal within your bag.  The Physical Therapist in me is thinking about how you all are preparing your bodies for the rounds to come.  We tend to see an influx of injuries around this time when practice time increases to shake off the cobwebs and with that comes aches and pains.  Who wants to be limited or even have to STOP playing right when you’re trying to get your game right? Not me.  That’s why I am excited to discuss sports taping, Kinesio Taping (™) in particular and how it may help you continue to play despite injury.
 
First off, I want to note that I do not have any affiliation with Kinesio Taping.  I have used many different taping techniques and brands, but find this particular brand most effective.  Invented by a Chiropractor Dr. Kenso Kase in the 1970’s, Kinesio Taping was created in order to facilitate healing outside of the clinic after you leave the practitioner.  After years and years of adaptation and education it really exploded on the scene during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  Like many other citizens of the world, it really sparked my interest.  Since then and throughout my career I have really found Kinesio Tape to be a great adjunct to my manual therapy techniques with no side effects.  The tape does not have any medications and is latex-free as well.  The adhesive is activated by heat, can be worn in the shower, and usually lasts around 3 days.  It is engineered to have the same elasticity of skin, which when applied on the skin’s surface actually microscopically lifts the skin layers.  This allows for more blood flow for influx of healing properties and lymphatic flow to reduce edema (swelling).  Michelle-Wei-taping.jpg
 
 
One of the main methods to apply the tape that we use frequently is to help certain muscles activate by acting as an external cue on your body whenever the tape is on.  Think of the tape acting as your trainer or therapist following you around all day (not in a creepy way) telling you to stand up straighter or move a certain way.  Depending on the direction and amount of tension on the tape, you can feel the tape improving your posture and supporting necessary joints.  The pull of the tape gives feedback to your neurological system, similar to the concept of proprioception that I have discussed one of my previous articles.  Another reason I like this tape is that it is breathable and supportive, but will not restrict my clients range of motion.  For all my golfers, they can feel the tape doing its job while being able to freely swing the club.
 
 
We have used the Kinesio tape for several orthopedic conditions in conjunction with our hands on techniques and these include: achilles tendonitis, elbow tendonitis, low back pain, patellofemoral pain, neck strains, and the list goes on and on.  Some Physical Therapists use taping techniques for certain neurological conditions as well.  I recently saw a patient for rotator cuff (shoulder) tendonitis who returned to swinging pain-free with just two consecutive applications of taping.  kinesio_tape_-_sho.jpg
 
Like any other modality or exercise I discuss, I encourage you to contact your local health professional before attempting.  If you have any questions on Kinesio Taping or any of my other articles, please contact us at (603)335-4700 or email me directly at ryan@wvphysicaltherapy.com I look forward to hearing from you and good luck prepping for your 2017 golf season.
 
 

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