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Physical Therapy in Miami:  What is K-Tape?

You have probably seen it on athletes in just about any sport, whether it be on the legs of a runner, on the ankles of a soccer player on the arms of a football player.  K-Tape – also often referred to as KT tape, Kinesiology Tape or Kinesio Tape – has become increasingly popular over the last decade.  Today, we explain how and why it is used and when NOT to apply K-Tape.

Who Uses K-Tape

While K-Tape has received most mainstream attention because it has been seen on athletes, it can be used by anyone suffering from physical pain related to joints, tendons, and muscles.  K-Tape provides unique support to the compromised area without restricting the range of motion.  The tape – usually made from cotton or synthetic fabric – has elastic intertwined within the fabric and is applied along the specific area of pain.

provide a source of support and comfort.  This technique lifts the skin and other pressure from the affected area and essentially relieves pain and discomfort directly related to the injury.  Additionally, the lifting of the skin allows for proper fluid circulation in the specific area where the K-Tape is used, which also promotes healing.

K-Tape can be used for a variety of conditions, including back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprained ankles, knee pain, bursitis and much more.

When NOT to Use K-Tape

While K-Tape is the perfect solution for many ailments, there are some instances when your physical therapist in Miami will recommend that you do not use K-Tape.  For example, it should never be used in areas where it may not be beneficial to increase and promote the flow of more fluid around a specific area.  A physical therapist in Miami would not recommend k-tape for a patient with congestive heart failure.  Additionally, it is not advised for patients with cancer to use K-Tape, and as the lifting of the skin and increase the flow of fluid could cause the cancer growth to spread.

Patients with blood clots are also advised to avoid using K-Tape.  It could allow the blot clot(s) to flow to the brain or other areas of the body which could be life-threatening.

K-Tape for Physical Therapy In Miami

Are you considering using K-Tape for your health and healing?  Call us today at Physical Therapy Now so we can guide you to the best solution and determine the best plan for you.   In most cases, you do not need a referral from your doctor to begin receiving physical therapy treatment in Miami, and we can get started as soon as possible.  Call now to schedule your appointment at (800) 481-4582.  With multiple locations in Florida and across the country, you’re sure to find a convenient location for physical therapy in Miami.

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