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Monday, October 18, 2010

Kinesio Taping

At physical therapy last Thursday, Raya's PT tried something new with her. It's a taping technique called kinesio taping. The tape that's used is slightly stretchy, breathable, and water-resistant. It's designed to be able to wear for 3-5 days. If you want to read an article about kinesio tape that's full of big words and technical terms, click here.
It has many purposes but in Raya's case, kinesio taping facilitates the correct movements of muscles by inhibiting the muscles that are being overused and activating the ones that aren't being used as they should be. In her case, this will hopefully help her torticollis as well as her other muscular issues. This is what it looks like:


She had some on her upper & lower traps to try and balance out the movement and use of those muscles. She also had another big piece on her external obliques (i.e. stomach muscles) to give them a little break from being overused. She seemed to tolerate it well except for the removal. That wasn't pleasant even though I followed the instructions & soaked it with oil for several minutes before carefully peeling it off. She had it on for 4 days and her skin tolerated it well, so I think we'll try it again this week.

2 comments:

  1. Interesting stuff! Amazing what they can do, huh

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  2. WOW ! Very nice post I really like it, I never thought that kinesio tape is applicable for the baby.

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