One of the nice things about being a chiropractor is that it never gets boring and I have to keep on learning. Health care is constantly changing and if you don’t stay up to date, it is so easy to get left behind. Last weekend, I went to a workshop on “Kinesio Taping.”
Kinesio taping has been around for almost 40 years and I have been using it for a while at The Back Care Center. Most people in the US first noticed the brightly colored tape around the 2008 Olympics when Kerry Walsh, while wearing it on her shoulder, won the gold medal in beach volleyball for the US. Since then it has become more common to see top athletes sporting Kinesio tape, and has been used with increasing frequency by health care providers and their patients for relief or painful and swollen joints or recovery and rehabilitation for injuries.
I use the tape with many of my patients. It is a perfect complement to chiropractic adjustments. Days after an adjustment, the tape can actually still help continue the work the adjustment started. It’s like sending my hands home with them!
We have had great results with shoulder pain, neck pain, lower back pain, arthritis – even our disc patients who are using spinal decompression therapy have gotten good changes. But now, with the new techniques I learned at last weekend’s workshop, I am more excited than ever about Kinesio Taping, and I know the results my patients will get will be even better, too.