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The Role of Kinesio Tape in Sports

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by admin No Comments
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Beach volleyball champion Kerri Walsh wearing athletic tape. (Natacha Pisarenko/The Associated Press)

A rather recent phenomena in sports is the increased use of kinesio tape by athletes. Nowhere is this more evident than at the recent London Olympics. This tape looks like colorful strips and patches across the body. It comes in just about every color and was visible on volleyball players, gymnasts, divers, and more. Though many people know this tape is something prescribed by a chiropractor, they don’t know what it’s actually used for.

Kinesio tape also goes by the name of elastic therapeutic tape and supposedly helps to relieve inflammation in the muscles. It may also help with tendonitis. While many athletes and chiropractors swear by the tape, there haven’t really been any scientific studies to prove these effects. At least, there haven’t been any studies that look at the effects of the tape on its own without the use of other pain relief methods in conjunction with it.

Some believe the presence of the tape on the body reminds athletes to be cautious with how they use the affected muscles and take it easy. Others think there is an actual physical benefit but it’s just not understood yet.

The tape first burst onto the athletic scene in the 1970s when it was invented by Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor. The tape is designed to move with the body and stretch just like skin does. It’s not designed to limit movement. It made a larger splash at the 2008 Olympics, appearing on beach volleyball players, most notably. However, it was on every athlete imaginable at the 2012 Olympics.

One theory about how the tape works is that it pulls on the skin, lifting it from the deeper tissue layers and allowing for greater blood flow, which helps reduce inflammation. The pressure applied may also reduce pain sensations. Again, there haven’t been enough studies done to confirm or deny these results. Many studies don’t have control groups, either, which is problematic.

While there is no evidence the tape is effective, many athletes can attest to its benefits and don’t hit the field without it. It has an amazing effect on people’s performance, that is for certain. It’s unlikely that your chiropractor would quit recommending this tape anytime soon because of the benefits reported. Even though they’re anecdotal, there’s no harm in at least giving kinesio tape a try for your minor muscle injuries. It just might be the thing you need to improve your physical condition.

How a Chiropractor Can Help With Back Pain

Posted on: August 15th, 2012 by admin No Comments
Brandon Chipractic cures back pain

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With how much your back is responsible for, it’s a wonder that it doesn’t hurt more often. The back supports your entire body and includes over 30 bones and acts as a means of support for muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. All of these components can cause you pain if your body is out of alignment or if you’ve suffered an injury of some sort.

Women are actually more vulnerable to back pain than men because of a variety of lifestyle issues. Women tend to carry purses or bags more often, which can throw off the alignment of shoulders. Woman also carry kids around more often, which can cause a considerable strain on the back. Both men and women tend to slow down as they get older and stop exercising, which can increase the likelihood of injury and back pain. Despite all this, there is a solution for back pain and it’s actually pretty easy to obtain. Just go to a chiropractor!

The most common cause of back pain is a muscle strain. The strain is actually an overextended muscle or muscle with very tiny tears in it. Just bending or twisting the wrong way can cause a strain. You might not even know that you suffered a muscle strain in your back until recurring pain crops up later on. The muscle strain can usually be characterized by feelings of soreness or stiffness in the lower back that’s exacerbated when you move around. Bending over is usually the biggest pain trigger.

A muscle strain may not be caused by a sudden injury. In fact, it’s usually caused by a lack of exercise and being too sedentary for too long. This causes the back muscles to weaken. If you make a sudden movement and your back can’t deal with it, you’ll pull or strain your muscles. Another possible cause? Hamstrings that have lost their flexibility. This is usually something most people don’t think of that your chiropractor definitely will.

If the pain is new, you’ll want to reduce inflammation first. To do this, ice the area for 15 minutes at a time to cut back on swelling. You should also make an effort to gently stretch and move your body. Don’t make any sudden movements and don’t stretch until you feel pain. You can also take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and swelling. After you’ve done all this, it’s time to schedule appointment with the chiropractor. He or she can help bring proper alignment to your back and body and prevent an injury like this from happening again.