Kinesio Taping

You might have seen kinesiology tape worn by Olympic or professional athletes. Is it right for you? This flexible tape can help to reduce pain, decrease swelling and improve muscle performance and function.

What Is Kinesio® Tape?

Kinesio® Tape is a therapeutic tape that is thin, stretchy and designed to promote movement as opposed to immobilizing an injured or strained region of the body. Kinesio® Tape is latex-free, hypoallergenic and wearable for days at a time.

Conditions It Can Help

Kinesio® tape can assist in the treatment goals for many conditions including:

  • Headaches
  • Neck and back pain
  • Whiplash
  • Inflammation
  • Shoulder impingement/subluxation
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Muscle cramps

How Much Does It Cost?

Initial Kinesio® Taping assessment and application: $40
This 30-minute appointment utilizes manual direction testing for muscles and tissues to determine the correct course of action for applying the tape. Because the method of taping is the most important factor in determining results, this assessment is the most beneficial.

Follow-up Kinesio® Taping application with CentraCare – Lifestyle Health tape: $25
This 15-minute appointment follows up the initial assessment and application. This appointment is either to re-apply the tape for continued benefits, or to make minor adjustments to the initial application to provide better relief. Follow-up applications can be utilized as often as needed for the same condition.

Follow-up Kinesio® Taping application with patient tape: $15
This 15-minute appointment follows up the initial assessment and application. This appointment is the same as the follow-up with clinic tape, except the patient can purchase his or her own Kinesio® Tape from the Lifestyle Health store. After multiple applications, this appointment becomes the most cost-efficient way to continue your results.

Massage add-on application: $10
If you plan to schedule a massage, this appointment will take place during the last 15 minutes of your massage session. This type of application is a good way to try out the tape at a low cost. Please note that this cost is in addition to the cost of your massage.

How Do You Prepare For Kinesio® Taping?

  • First, know the area that you want taped and dress appropriately. Wear loose fitting clothing that allows easy access to the area. For neck, shoulders and back, wear a tank top or sportswear. For legs, wear shorts or something loose such as sweat pants. You will not need to undress for the taping unless the area is difficult to reach or if the clothing is too restrictive, in which case we will use massage style draping.
  • Next, make sure your skin is clean, dry, and free of any oils or lotions. The tape may peel off early if excess oil, sweat, lotion or body hair is present.
  • Lastly, let your provider know of any allergic reactions to adhesives, or if your skin is particularly sensitive. Kinesio® Tape’s adhesive is safe for most populations, but if you’ve had reactions to adhesives in the past, it’s possible your skin may be irritated by the tape.
  • Kinesio® Tape comes in several different varieties, some of which are designed for sensitive skin. To be sure you will not have irritation, we can apply a small test patch to see if the skin has a reaction.

How Do You Remove Kinesio® Taping?

  • Heat activates the adhesive on the tape. Avoid using heat sources such as: heating pad, sauna, hot tub, blow dryers or infrared modalities.
  • Do not rip off the tape quickly to avoid pain. It can cause significant skin irritation or blistering.
  • The best way to remove the tape is to use a finger or hand to apply direct pressure over the tape, then gently peel one end up with the other hand and slowly remove the tape while continuing to apply pressure.
  • If your skin shows irritation, you can apply a magnesium antacid (Milk of Magnesia), a topical antihistamine ointment (Benadryl gel) or essential oils (lemongrass, eucalyptus, tea tree) over the affected area. Consult your provider if excessive pain is present or if irritation continues.
  • Allow one to two days before reapplying tape for proper skin care.

Call 320-534-3096 for an appointment or request an appointment online.

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