Health

Physical Therapy and Kinesiotaping

I’ll be the first to admit that physical therapy is generally not a quick, overnight fix. It takes time to build strength and improve postures through exercise and change in habits. I tend to be skeptical of quick fixes. However – kinesiotaping and other forms of taping can provide immediate pain reduction and improve movement quality right away.

Kinesiotaping in particular has been around for over 30 years and was developed by a Japanese chiropractor. It was made popular in the 2008 and 2012 summer Olympics, especially by American beach volleyball players.

Kinesiotaping techniques can be used to treat acute injuries, chronic movement faults, prevent recurrence of pain problems, and improve athletic performance and outcome. It is different from typical athletic
taping because it stretches along its length, but not width, which allows freedom of movement while providing mild support. It can actually encourage movement. It has a recoil effect on the skin which increases lymphatic fluid movement and blood flow.

What can we use kinesiotaping for at our physical therapy clinic?
Pain
Swelling
Posture
Performance
Reduction in nerve entrapment
Scar management

Kinesiotape is typically worn up to 3-5 days and is not affected by showering/swimming/bathing. It is breathable and latex free.

I have had improved outcomes with use of taping techniques in conjunction with traditional physical therapy treatments. If you feel you may benefit from kinesiotaping, want to learn more, or are experiencing a pain problem, please contact NovaCare Rehabilitation in DuBois at 371-0171. No referral needed for an evaluation. We are located at 470 Jeffers Street, DuBois, PA 15801. Formally known as Keystone Physical Therapy, our clinic has been serving the DuBois community for over 25 years.

Karen Judeich, DPT is a Treasure Lake resident. Karen earned a doctorate in physical therapy in 2009 from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and bachelor’s degree in biology in 2006 from Juniata College. She has been with NovaCare Rehabilitation as the center manager since 2013. She uses a movement system approach to diagnose musculoskeletal problems and prevent recurrent of symptoms. She believes in maintaining an open and friendly atmosphere in the center to make the journey to better health more fun.

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