Monday, September 26, 2016

What Is Kinesio Tape?

Kinesio Tape was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a well-known Chiropractor and Acupuncturist, who practices in the US and in Japan. The strategic design helps to facilitate the body's natural healing process while giving support and stability to the muscles, joints and ligaments without restricting the body's range of motion.

Kinesio tape has a texture, weight and elasticity that is very close to the human skin. The tape is designed to tape around the muscles to achieve joint stability without joint immobility. When applied to the skin, Kinesio tape pulls the upper layers of the skin which creates a space between the dermis and the muscle. This space is believed to help relieve pressure on the lyphatic system, which allows a better lymph drainage through the affected area. This space in between the dermis and muscles also houses various nerve receptors that send information to the brain. During an injury the space is compressed with swelling, which in turn sends information to the brain showing constant touch, pressure, heat and pain. This causes the brain to send out certain signals to the body on how to react. Kinesio tape alters the information that is sent to the brain and causes a less reactive response to the affected area and helps the body to work normally, which speeds up the healing process.

Here ar a few reasons to use Kinesio Tape:

  • Re-educate the neuromuscular system
  • Reduce Pain
  • Promote Healing
  • Optimize performance
  • Prevent Injury
  • Promote improved circulation
  • Promote proper lymphatic drainage
  • Promote support against gravity
  • To Decrease stress on the tendons and ligaments

Headaches Relieved by Chiropractic

Possible sources of cervico-genic headaches are:

  1. Nerves
  2. Nerve Roots
  3. Intervertebral Discs
  4. Facet Joints
  5. Tension in muscles of the neck
  6. Tension in ligaments of the neck
  7. Decreased blood flow and oxygen to the brain

When a spinal joint in your body is misaligned it is called a subluxation. Subluxations cause pressure on the nerves and facet joints in-between the spinal vertebrae. When your C1 and C2 vertebrae are misaligned it causes compression and irritation of the sub occipital nerve that exits from the first vertebrae in the neck. The C1 and C2 vertebrae are located just below the base of your skull. If you have cervico-genic headaches this area is usually tender to the touch. Even though medications can lessen the pain that is caused by the subluxation, it cannot correct the subluxation. Chiropractic Adjustments are needed to re-align the vertebrae and alleviate the headache.

Protocol for cervico-genic headaches include:

  1. Ultrasound therapy to the muscles and connective tissues of the neck and shoulders
  2. Muscle stimulation to the muscles and the connective tissues of the neck and shoulders
  3. Adjustment to the C1/C2 level of the spine to remove pressure
  4. Trigger point injections if necessary
  5. At home exercises to increase range of motion and strength

The Myth of the Low Speed Auto-Accident Injuries

When you are involved in an automobile accident there is minimal relationship between the vehicle damage and the driver/passenger injuries. Research has shown that with a pre-impact automobile speed of 8.2 mph, the forces that were applied to the head/neck were 2 1/2 times greater that the forces that were applied to the vehicle. It also shows that impact speeds of 9 mph were needed to begin to initiate structural damage to the vehicle.

Every accident or trauma has the potential to damage your body's structural balance by causing subluxations. These subluxations can result in fatigue, arthritic changes, ligament damage, disc injuries, pinched nerves, muscle weakness and overall body malfunction. Too often, severe health problems can begin with just a little bump, shake-up or whiplash that caused a subluxation.

Accident victims sometimes continue to suffer from pain, weakness, and disability for months and even years after the accident, people continue to live their life never fully recovering from the accident. They have pain and disability that constantly reminds them that they were hurt and never fully recovered from their injury.

Chiropractic care can help to reduce their symptoms and correct their subluxations, which in turn can eliminate or greatly reduce their pain safely, quickly and without surgery. Anyne who has been in an accident, whether mild or severe, should see a chiropractor to have their body structure analyzed and checked for subluxations and nerve pressure. A chiropractic adjustment can make the difference between a life with pain and a life pain free.