At McBrearty Soft Tissue and Sport Chiropractic Canton Ohio our goals are to get you pain free, create the ability for you to move, and reprogram your nervous system so that you can move the correct way to minimize and reduce the risk of injury in the future. Through this process we use many tools to allow us to achieve these goals with our patients. One of the lesser-known tools that we use with many patients is Functional Taping.
Whether you realize it or not you have seen functional taping on athletes and individual’s everywhere. This Chiropractor Canton Ohio uses that black tape that athletes wear on their shoulders, their legs, or arms that you can see when they are playing. Why do you suppose these athletes are wearing this tape on their body? What value do they see and feel from this tape? All I can tell you right now they’re not wearing it for style points. This tape has many fantastic properties that allows athletes to heal faster and function better which is why so many athletes use this tape consistently.
Functional taping is a method of taping that provides many different benefits. The types of tape vary and can consist of Kinesiotape, Physiotape, KT tape, or RockTape. Regardless of the type of tape, all of these tapes have the same types of properties that provide benefits once applied. One of these essential properties is that these tapes have the same elasticity as skin which provides several benefits. One of the benefits is that once it has been applied properly the tape will remain on the individual for 3 to 5 days. Another very important benefit is that due to this property, the tape lifts the superficial layers of skin and opens up the lymphatic channels which increases circulation to the tissue where it’s applied. This allows greater blood flow to the area and creates a better environment for your body to rebuild, repair, and recover faster. In our office, we used several soft-tissue treatments to restore the proper environment within the tissues that will then allow a person to function the way that they want to and need to. Some of these soft tissue treatments are more aggressive than others and as a result a person can experience soreness and bruising in the area of the treatment. In circumstances like this, the chiropractor canton ohio uses functional taping as an effective method to help pull the bruising and soreness out of the treated area faster by increasing the circulation to the area. This allows blood flow to get into the tissue faster and more efficiently thereby bringing nutrients and oxygen to the area and flushing out the wasteful substances from the area to allow these tissues to heal faster.
Another lesser-known benefit of functional taping is that you can support areas of the body in a functional manner to inhibit or facilitate certain muscles to reprogram the nervous system. How is this possible you may ask? When the chiropractor canton ohio uses the tape and it is applied, this stimulates receptors in the body called mechanoreceptors and proprioceptors. These receptors then activate certain muscles they can then facilitate them to function. A good example of this is a person who has poor posture and suffers from upper cross syndrome. With upper cross syndrome people experience tightness in the muscles in the front of the chest and the upper back muscles. They also experience weakness in the muscles of the lower back and mid back. When the chiropractor canton ohio properly applies the functional tape, this can help stimulate these muscles in a way that allows the tight muscles to stretch in the weak muscles to become activated there by reprogramming the nervous system how to function with correct posture.
It is very common that patients go to the grocery store or the sporting goods store and purchase their own functional tape in an attempt to apply it to themselves. This results in the tape not staying on for very long and the patient not getting the true benefits that they should be from the functional tape. The method of application is essential for the individual to be able to experience the benefits of the functional type the way that it’s designed and intended. Having a chiropractor canton ohio or certified specialist in functional taping applying the tape in the correct manner will ensure that the patient will get the results that they desire whether that be enhancing their performance or accelerating their recovery. If you have already purchased your own functional tape, we encourage you to bring it to our office during your appointment so that your chiropractor canton ohio might be able to apply the functional tape to the area that you need to help you on your road to recovery.
Another fun fact about functional taping is that the different types of functional tape come in all different colors. This can make functional taping really fun for those individuals that know that they have to apply this for their individual sport. Not only does the functional tape come in different colors but there are many different brands out there that allow you to support your local sports teams as well. Some even have certain prints that can allow you to have fun with the functional tape while you are wearing it. Being able to express yourself with these different colors and different ways while still getting the benefits of the enhanced performance or accelerate your recovery is another fantastic reason that you should use functional taping.
Functional taping is truly a fantastic tool that can be used in many different ways. At McBrearty Soft Tissue & Sport Chiropractic Canton Ohio, we will use whatever tools that allow us to get the best results in the shortest amount of time. Functional taping is truly one of those tools that allow us to get results faster than if we do not use them. The physiological benefits of the functional tape allows us to get patients better and allows athletes to enhance their performance on a consistent basis. We have seen this demonstrated time and time again with our patients and over 15 years that we have been treating our patients in the area. Please ask the doctors and staff how functional taping can help you on your next visit.