Kinesio Tape Specialist

Back to Center PT

Physical Therapy & Yoga Therapy located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA & Santa Monica, CA

If you watch professional sports, you may notice athletes wearing tape around their shoulders, knees, or abdomens. Kinesio taping has become quite popular with elite athletes and regular folks alike, and Neha Shah, MPT, offers this leading-edge therapy at her Beverly Grove, Los Angeles practice, Back to Center PT. This professional taping method enhances mobility and supports vulnerable areas so you can get back in the game, whether you’re a serious athlete or weekend warrior. Schedule a kinesio taping consultation at Back to Center PT by calling the office today or using the online booking feature.

Kinesio Tape Q & A

What is kinesio taping?

Kinesiotaping is a physical therapy technique in which your provider applies flexible medical tape in strategic locations on your body. The tape supports and stabilizes muscles and joints to help them return to normal function.

The tape also maintains the effects of soft tissue massage by placing gentle continuous pressure on the treatment area. While it holds your body in proper postural alignment, the therapy tape also helps:

  • Alleviate pain
  • Promote lymphatic drainage
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Increase circulation
  • Prevent injury

Kinesio tape essentially holds your tissues in place and reteaches your body how to work more efficiently.

How does kinesio taping work?

Your provider at Back to Center PT assesses your body’s range of motion, muscle balance, gait, and other factors to determine your needs. Then, they apply the adhesive tape in various formations on your skin, stretching the tape to provide tension where necessary.

Kinesio tape helps relax overworked muscles and activate weak muscles through the way it’s arranged. You can wear the tape for several days to address your issues in between appointments. Then, at each physical therapy session, your therapist reassesses your movement patterns to evaluate how well your body is responding and may apply a new batch of tape to address any lingering issues.

The providers at Back to Center PT use kinesio tape in conjunction with other physical therapies for a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Sports injuries
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sprained ankle
  • Knee strain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Headaches
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lower back pain

Your physical therapist discusses kinesio taping with you during your consultation if they think it could be a beneficial part of your treatment plan.

What are the benefits of kinesio taping?

Kinesio tape is comfortable and stretchy, and it doesn’t impair your range of motion or circulation. In some cases, it actually increases your mobility and blood flow.

You often see athletes wearing kinesio tape during games or events because it provides corrective and preventive benefits without restricting movement. Athletes and physical therapists also favor the treatment because it’s noninvasive, safe, and effective. The therapy often helps resolve symptoms without medication, injections, or surgery.

If you’re interested in incorporating kinesio taping into your physical therapy, call Back to Center PT or schedule an appointment online today.