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Overcoming Sports Injuries with KT tape

Posted Jun 15 2010 1:38pm

Athletic injuries can be a huge obstacle to overcome - so often I find the athletes who come in to see my sidelined for months because of repeat injuries that they don't allow to heal properly. And they play on, like the members of the US Volleyball team. Don't get me wrong, that's what athletes do, and it's amazing. They play through pain and injuries, but for normal people like you or I, that isn't always the best choice. We have work, we have kids, and our responsibilities don't end there. We have our lives to lead, and few of us can afford to be out of commission for long.

That's where therapeutic tapes comes in to play. Using specially made taping products like RockTape, SpiderTech and Kinesio Tape, Living Well Medical in NYC is able to support a healing injury while still providing full range of motion.

For nearly seven years, I have been using kinesiology tape to support aching muscles and injuries. My NYC Physical Therapist also integrates this as part of their approach to sports and work injury rehab protocols. It's an important part of getting people fully up and moving again as quickly as possible. Athletic injuries in particular have long responded well to treatment with kinesiology tape. More generically referred to as elastic therapeutic tape, kinesiology tape was invented the 70's to support overused muscles and help improve blood flow.

Each tape has its own strengths and specific applications, but they all share the same vital quality: provide essential support to your joint or muscle while maintaining normal range of motion. That means that anyone from an the weekend warrior to the dedicated pro can still train and compete while injuries are recuperating. Taping has also been noted to help with lymph drainage as well which can help in speeding up recovery times.

Most recently, we have begun using RockTape for its success in treating common sports injuries like shin splints, runner's knee and plantar fasciitis. Of course, that only scratches the surface of the range of injuries that can be treated with kinesiology tapes.

Other injuries and conditions that respond well to taping techniques include

  • Lower back pain

  • Sprained ankles

  • Shoulder pain

  • Rotator cuff injuries

  • Knee pain

  • Sports injuries

  • Repeat strain injuries

  • Tennis elbow

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome


One of the beauties of RockTape and our other therapeutic tape brands is that we can have patients in and out in only minutes. We also sell all of these tapes for those interested in larger purchases. RockTape, SpiderTech and Kinesio Tape available in NYC at Living Well Medical. Call us at 212-645-8151 if you need help or are looking for RockTape and other products like it.

- Dr. Steven Shoshany, NYC Chiropractor
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