Two of our therapist have attended classes in kinesio taping. I’m sure if you have watched the Olympics or sports in general you have seen the colored tape on the athlete’s shoulders, knees, or another areas and it seems to go in different directions at times. This is most likely kinesio tape.
This type of taping can be used on multiple diagnoses including edema, strains/sprains, bruising, and pain in general (to name a few). We look forward to using these taping techniques a great deal at ETPT, especially if it can help our patients with any problem that is limiting functional mobility or return to sport.
Also, we have been trying a cold laser unit the past week. This unit appears to be very useful in treating a vast number of problems ranging from wounds to chronic pain. The laser acts at the cellular level. Take a muscular strain for example. When the low level laser is applied it causes increased blood flow and an increase in healing. The overall sum of effects is that the patient ends up with a decrease in pain and inflammation. We all know if a joint is involved and there is swelling or inflammation range of motion is most likely limited. With a decrease in swelling from using the laser the joint most likely will have a return of range of motion/movement. There is significant research on the cold laser and the description above is a very simplified explanation of how and why it works. However, if you are interested to know more or maybe thinking it might help a problem that you have currently please give us a call and we can get you information or help you get started.