Family Medicine located in New Braunfels, TX
Sports taping has become extremely popular as a way to speed recovery and treat soft tissue injuries. While you can buy sports tape over the counter having a trained expert apply and teach proper taping technique is crucial. At Lonestar Medical in New Braunfels, Texas, Calvin W. Plumb, DC utilizes taping as part of his comprehensive treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Dr. Plumb has received specialized training in Functional Movement Therapy and taping techniques from Rock Tape and enjoys providing his treatment expertise and knowledge with his patients.
What is Sport Taping?
Taping is a treatment that supports muscles and joints while they heal and promotes better soft tissue healing. It involves applying a unique soft tape to the affected body part that provides just the right amount of pressure to support the soft tissues without affecting your circulation.
The team at Lonestar Medical uses Rock Tape to strap injured joints and limbs without restricting your range of movement. Rock Tape is latex-free and can be worn by patients of any age for several days without needing to come off. In addition to taping Dr. Plumb performs Functional Movement Therapy to restore proper joint motion and treat injured soft tissue.
How does Sport Taping work?
When applied, Rock Tape lifts your skin a minute amount. Lifting the skin increases the space for inflamed soft tissues, reducing pressure and promoting the reduction of inflammation.
Rock Tape also acts on specific receptors in your nervous system to alleviate pain and help drain lymphatic fluid that often builds up at the site of an injury.
What does Sport Taping involve?
Prior to undergoing sport taping the first step is an evaluation to establish a diagnosis. Diagnosis is important as it determines your course of treatment. During the examination your symptoms and clinical findings are reviewed and specific tests are performed to rule in and rule out diagnoses.
The evaluation tests include:
- Manual muscle testing
- Range of motion testing
- Gait assessment
- Other orthopedic tests
If it is determined that taping is appropriate for your condition, your provider at Lonestar Medical applies the tape in a specific manner. Depending on their findings, they might use straight strips of tape or create specific shapes to ensure the tape acts on the target area.
What are the benefits of Sport Taping?
Rock Tape has numerous uses. It acts on your neuromuscular system, re-educating it and providing benefits such as:
Promoting good circulation
Rock Tape can also help ensure your body is physiologically stable to supports good health. Rock Tape has positive effects on your:
- Lymphatic system
- Circulatory system
Rock Tape is a safe treatment that you can have along with other therapies to optimize your physical rehabilitation.
To find out more about Rock Tape and how it could work for you, call Lonestar Medical today or book an appointment online.
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