Occupational therapy Miami – Do’s and Don’t of Kinesiology Taping
Kinesiology taping can be a great treatment solution for patients struggling with sports injuries. It is a rehabilitative technique that involves taping of injured body parts to facilitate the natural healing process that doesn’t influence the range of motion of the given joint/muscle1. If done, it can be very beneficial in treating various medical conditions – not only does it provide support to the injured body part but it also helps it to rehabilitate. There are a few things to know before applying kinesio tapes. In this article, we will list and explain the “Do’s and Don’ts” of kinesiology taping.
1. DON’T apply the tape on damp surface
Applying the tape right after a shower, when the skin is still slightly damp, will cause the tape to not stick firmly enough. Is it very important to apply the tape on clean skin but make sure to dry the taping area completely to stop the tape from coming off. Tip: you can rub the skin with a bit of alcohol to make the tape stick even more firmly. But also make sure it’s dry before putting the tape on!
2. DON’T touch the sticky side of the tape
The sweat/grease from your hands will prevent the tape from sticking properly. When applying the tape, remove the backing slightly at one end and attach it to the skin. Holding on to the other end of the tape, slowly remove the rest of the backing, stretching the tape in the process. Tip: you can activate the adhesive by warming up the tape with your hands after you apply it to the skin.
3. DON’T remove the tape immediately before showering/swimming
No need to remove the tape before having contact with water as it is waterproofed. All you need to do after your shower/swim is to gently dry it with a towel.
Kinesiology taping is one of many treatment options available as part of occupational therapy – including occupational therapy in Miami. It can be challenging at the beginning, therefore we are happy to help you out.
Occupational therapy Miam – About Hands on Therapy
At our occupational therapy clinic in Miami we provide a wide range of sports injury treatment solutions, including kinesiology taping. Our qualified occupational therapist – Hoang Tran – is also a qualified Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Graduating from the University of Florida in 2000 with a master’s degree in occupational therapy, she first gained experience in acute care settings of hospitals such as Parkway and Cleveland Clinic, skilled nursing facilities, and rehabilitation centers. If you’d like to find out more, visit our website or make an appointment with our occupational therapy Miami specialist.
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