Treating Athletes in San Jose
As an athlete or physically active individual, you likely suffer from frequent injuries, even if you take care of yourself. There are a number of measures you can take to treat any current pain and prevent future incidents of injury. At Back to Back Chiropractic, our San Jose chiropractors recommend using kinesio tape. This type of treatment has been used successfully for many years to effectively alleviate pain and inflammation.
The kinesio tape method has a number of benefits, because it works to:
- Rehabilitate the injured or affected area
- Support the muscle structure
- Prevent future injury
- Reduce swelling and inflammation
Kinesio Tape turns down the volume on pain
More specifically, it runs interference on pain. Ever whack your shin and rub it, and suddenly realize you feel better? Kinesio Tape on the skin can interfere with painful signals which are directed to the brain.
When the signals arriving to the brain are altered, it does not produce the sensation of pain. When kinesiology tape is properly applied, many of our customers call it “magic” or think that it fixed their injury instantly. In fact, it helps to change how your body interprets pain, turning down the pain “volume” that your body hears.
Decompresses an area of swelling and inflammation
When kinesiology tape is applied to the skin, it has a microscopic lifting effect underneath the skin and between the many layers. This allows the by-products created by inflammation to be removed more quickly.
It delays fatigue
Research has shown that kinesiology tape on skin can attenuate muscle fatigue. In rehab, this is very important, not only for the parts of your body that are currently hurting, but also for the surrounding areas as they help to pick up the slack for muscles that are currently not working well.
It normalizes muscle tone
When someone is injured, fatigued, sick, or inflamed, the symphony of muscle action that normally takes place with great accuracy often falls out of tune. This can happen all over the body. For instance, research has shown that people who sprain their ankle tend to have altered activity of their hip muscle as a result. kinesiology tape helps bring dormant muscle back to life and help calm down the overactive muscles. It helps your body coordinate movement as if it weren’t hurt, hence allowing it to heal properly.
It distributes physical stress
Unlike conventional taping, which prevents movement – kinesiology tape allows full movement of a taped area. Through elastic properties and quick recoil, kinesiology tape can help distribute forces to other nearby areas through the fascia, ligaments, and even bones.
With more than 15 years of practice, we can utilize our knowledge and skills to treat you with the method most appropriate for your condition. If you would like to learn more, we would be happy to schedule a consultation with you. Simply call our office today at (408) 269-2225 to make an appointment!