By Liza Kovacs, M.S.C, M.A., Guest Contributor
Although I am not a physical therapist, I make my living as aPilates instructor attending to people’s bodies. Sometimes exercise and learning good movement habits is not enough to provide relief from pain, which most of my clientèle, 40 and over, suffer from to greater and lesser degree. I often use my hands to relieve my clients from the numerous knots and kinks they manage to accumulate through day-to-day life and of course, bad posture and habits (such as spending hours in front of the computer). It was with great interest that I read up on KT tape and I have already looked up the nearest store that carries the tape in my area (most sporting stores).
The instructions are clear and in the case of the client with severe Achilles Tendonosis who is undergoing physical therapy, this might provide them with relief. In other cases, such as the client with the beginning of Tennis Elbow, it could possibly help in avoiding inflammation and get through the healing process. I have taught them some self-stretching exercises for the tightness through the forearm and each week I manually help relieve the tension through massage. Why not try another modality that could contribute to even better results? So, I am excited at the prospect of offering my clients something that could potentially enhance the well-being of clients, combining it with proper exercise, regular stretching and good postural and movement habits.
Let me know if you have tried KT tape and what types of results you have obtained.