Tape: All Hype or Scientifically Sound?

Here at Waverley Chiropractic I’m often asked about how useful that colourful kt tape is? It’s difficult to find a single sporting event where you won’t see an athlete wearing colorful tape somewhere on their body. You may have wondered what it is, and more importantly what it’s used for. The tape is called kinesio tape and was initially developed by a Chiropractor about 40 years ago. It works by stimulating proprioception, which is the medical term for knowing where your body is in space.

Why it Matters:

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it’s loaded with small sensory nerve fibers that are responsible for proprioception. Placing tape in specific areas of your body across the skin provides sensory input that gives your brain more information as you move. This additional information has been shown to help improve balance, reduce pain, and support proper movement patterns.

  • Tape worn on the skin provides your brain with more information about your movement patterns and can help reduce injuries and improve rehabilitation.
  • Taping has been shown to improve balance for up to 72 hours after the tape has been removed.
  • Researchers have found taping can be more effective than postural exercises alone to reduce neck pain.

Next Steps:

You can think of the tape less like a brace and more like a nervous system reminder that you wear on your skin. Not only does it look cool, but it has the potential to support better movement, reduce pain, and limit injuries. Now the next time you see an athlete wearing tape, you will know it’s more than just a fashion statement!

Science Source:

Extended use of Kinesiology Tape and Balance in Participants with Chronic Ankle Instability. Journal of Athletic Training 2016

Efficacy of kinesio taping versus postural correction exercises on pain intensity and axioscapular muscles activation in mechanical neck dysfunction: a randomized blinded clinical trial. The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2017

Top 5 Benefits of Chiropractic care



1 PAIN REDUCTION
The first benefit of chiropractic care may be the most impactful- reducing your pain. Before you are living your optimal life, you have to be free of pain.

Multiple research studies have shown that chiropractic is considered one of the most safe and effective treatments to reduce pain from your neck, low back, and more. Even if you are suffering from spinal stenosis, disc herniations, or foraminal encroachment-chiropractic may be able to help.


2 REDUCE HEADACHES
The second health benefit of chiropractic care, especially important if you have struggled with chronic headaches. Researchers have discovered that chiropractic care can reduce the frequency and intensity of headaches.

With over 20 million people suffering from headaches every day, this is a massive development in healthcare! The most common type of headaches includes; tension headaches and migraines. Tension headaches often include neck pain, muscle pain, and facial pain. Migraines are usually throbbing, can cause nausea and light sensitivity, and some even include an aura.


3 IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE
Many people don’t go to the doctor when they have pain. They go to the doctor when that pain interferes with their quality of life!

If you have a healthcare issue that is keeping you for enjoying your hobbies, hanging out with friends and family, and limit your ability to perform well at work- then you are likely going to start researching on Google and eventually call a doctor to get answers.

Fortunately, getting back to your active lifestyle, and improving your quality of life (or in science-speak, “functional ability”) is one proven benefits of chiropractic care.


4 REDUCED MEDICATION USE
Researchers have discovered that people who receive chiropractic care are 49% less likely to fill an opioid prescription. And, in my opinion, if we were able to reduce opioid use by nearly 50% just be helping people get well with chiropractic care- this world would be a different place!

Even what many people consider to be “safe” medications like NSAID’s contribute to over 100,000 hospitalizations, and over 3,000 deaths each year. Drugs should rarely be viewed as a first line treatment for spinal pain. Your body is designed to move and recover- so going to a doctor focused on movement and recovery seems like a good idea to not only reduce your medication use but to get the best results possible.


5 PERFORMANCE
Did you know that every major sports team in the USA has a chiropractor available to their athletes to help with injury prevention and sports performance?

That’s right, teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL all have chiropractors integrated into their healthcare team to keep their athletes performing at their top level all season long.

No one can perform their best when in pain, so chiropractors are used to keeping the athletes feeling good, but with a focus and eye towards sport-specific performance.



IS YOUR SPINE SKI-READY?

Heading up to the snow this weekend? Here’s some timely information from the Chiropractors Association of Australia.

Winter sports such as skiing are an excellent way to enjoy the colder months. While skiing is an exciting sport, the low temperatures, icy surfaces and high speeds can result in an increased risk of injuries. It is not uncommon for skiers to suffer from muscle soreness and injuries as a result of the strenuous exercise and falls.

While it is not possible to entirely prevent injuries, these tips can help you reduce the risk of injuring and straining your back.

Prepare before you hit the slopes

Skiing is a physically demanding sport that requires strength, endurance and high fitness levels. Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned skier, it can take a toll on your body.

It is important to build up your strength and stamina before hitting the slopes. Pre-ski season conditioning can reduce the incidence and severity of injuries. Follow an exercise program that focuses on improving core strength, flexibility and balance.

Warming up prior to a skiing session is also imperative. It doesn’t need to take too long – try some light exercises and gentle stretching for 10-15 minutes before you start skiing, to get your muscles ready for the vigorous exercise ahead.

Start slowly

Most of us ski infrequently and it’s common for there to be a long gap between skiing holidays which means it is easy to be out of shape and out of practice.

Starting slowly and carefully can help reduce the likelihood of injury. Start with at least one warm-up run down the easiest hill to get to grips with the slopes. Only move on to a more challenging terrain when you feel confident in your ability.

Lift properly

Injuries don’t just happen on the slopes. Carrying heavy skis and other equipment can lead to lower back strain. Make sure you lift equipment properly, keeping the back straight and bending at the knees, not at the waist. Avoid turning or twisting the body while lifting heavy objects.

Stretch it out

Skiing includes movements that are sporadic and sudden. This can be potentially stressful for the spine and the surrounding muscles.

It is important to stretch before and after skiing. Stretching allows the muscles to loosen up and may help prevent sports injuries.

If you are looking for a stretching program, try the Straighten Up exercises included in the Straighten Up (Australia) app. These are also designed to improve spinal health, stabilise core muscles and enhance health.

Invest in good equipment

Make sure you use equipment that fits properly and is right for your size. Wearing gear that is too big can be especially dangerous as it reduces the amount of control you have on the slopes and also puts strain on your body.

Know your limits

Avoid skiing on a slope that exceeds your ability level. If you feel like you’re not entirely in control, stop immediately and try an easier slope instead. Keep within your comfort zone until you have sufficient practice and feel more confident.

Remember to listen to your body. If you’re feeling tired, stop skiing. Fatigue can lead to poor judgement so be aware of how you are feeling and rest when you need to.

Peak Performance with Waverley Chiropractic

Footy is just around the corner and Glen Waverley chiropractor Dr Shaun Beovich says that this is the perfect time to make sure your spine and nervous system is functioning to its peak.

Chiropractic is all about helping you enjoy more freedom of movement and getting your body to perform at its peak. Athletes may notice a dramatic difference in their muscle strength, balance, coordination, performance and flexibility following a chiropractic adjustment.

Many sports people in Glen Waverley use chiropractic care as part of their health care regime.

Three aspects in which chiropractic care may help you:

  1. Prevent injuries
  2. Treat injuries
  3. Optimise performance

Prevent Injuries

Chiropractic adjustments help to achieve optimal muscle and joint function for the entire body. By getting your body back into balance, you can prevent future sports injuries, which would otherwise leave you out of action for weeks. Many successful sports stars use chiropractic, not only to avoid injuries but to also achieve better performance.

Treat Injuries

Chiropractic aims to correct the cause of the problem which led to injury in the first place. Every muscle, ligament, tendon and joint is properly assessed to help sports people and professional athletes reach their peak potential by making sure the body is functioning as well as it can be.

Exercise and physical activity are great for conditioning and strengthening your body. Keeping fit helps you age better and helps you to resist illnesses. However, being injured in training or in competition is a reality that sports people must face. Too often, sports injuries go unrecognised & untreated, ignored until they begin to impact your health and sporting performance.

Athletes are often repeatedly doing activities that are physically demanding, which places a large amount of stress on their body. You cannot compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment, and your body cannot heal quickly if you are out of balance.

Optimise Performance

Many Olympic athletes use chiropractic care to gain the edge on their competitors. With a fine-tuned spine and nervous system, their bodies can perform at its peak and they can have confidence in the stability and function of their spine. Due to the influence on the nervous system this may lead to improved performance throughout the body.

At Waverley Chiropractic Centre we treat a range of athletes: footballers, cyclists, swimmers, runners, dancers, netball/basketball players, tennis players, bowlers and golfers. Like you, they all have their own unique goals and issues:

  • want to improve technique (e.g. golf swing);
  • struggling with injury, stopping them from participating in the sport they love;
  • need to improve their flexibility;
  • looking to optimise recovery times and get the most out their training efforts;
  • aim to improve their reaction time, to get an edge over their opponents!

Whether you are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, exercising for fitness or are returning to an exercise program, you owe it to yourself to get a chiropractic assessment. If you regularly participate in sports, it is important for you to take this pro-active approach towards your health. For athletes in any discipline, the drug-free treatment method of chiropractic may be the best choice for you.

Perform at your peak with chiropractic!