The segment was on the Olympic tape called "Kinesio Tape" I really wanted to go into detail on how this taping method compliments my treatment. After the segment I had a 85 year man with chronic right knee pain come in. His knee was swollen, I taped it and he started moving better right away, this is not a placebo!
Some limited data suggest it may be effective. In July, the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Therapy published a study of 42 people with shoulder injuries. Half of them were treated with Kinesio tape applied in a pattern designed to support the injured muscle. The other half were given a “sham” treatment in which two strips of tape were simply pressed across the arm. The study was conducted by physical therapists at Winn Army Community Hospital in Fort Stewart, Ga., who didn’t receive funding from the tape company. Notably, the study participants who received the real therapeutic tape treatment reported an immediate improvement in pain. Last year, Research in Sports Medicine published a study from San Jose State University showing that in 30 healthy test subjects, use of the tape along the lower trunk area appeared to increase the range of motion. Kinesio claims that in addition to supporting injured muscles and joints, the new taping method helps relieve pain by lifting the skin, allowing blood to flow more freely to the injured area. The tape is also widely used in pediatric physical therapy for muscle disorders like cerebral palsy. In Living Well Medical both out Chiropractors and Physical therapist utilize Kinesio taping methods. It is also available for sale, but I usually like for patients to learn how to use the tape properly. If it is not applied properly it can cause skin irritation and discomfort. www.drshoshany.com