Using Kinesiotape for your Hamstrings and How it Works Well!

As temperatures finally warmed up in Chicago considering the brutal cold experienced a few weeks ago, Chicagoans and fellow Lincoln Parkers are back to exercising more both inside and outside.  As the long stretch of winter now is here for hopefully only a few months longer and does not extend into April, one’s workload is likely picking up and/or in full swing at one’s job.  With one sitting/standing for long periods, this can create tension in one’s hamstrings and hips leading to knee, hip, and/or lower back pain.  It is important to keep your hips and hamstrings loose and flexible as these muscles are activated for long periods throughout each day.  One of the ways that I take care of hamstring injuries in the office is via Kinesiotape.  Kinesiotape was developed and designed by Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1980, to help the body heal naturally by supporting injured tissues that previous medical and/or chiropractic therapies had not been successful treating.  Because the hamstrings are a large soft tissue group, most injuries that occur to the hamstrings are strains and/or tears.

Kiniesotape effects change at various levels of one’s tissues depending on how one utilizes its application of the tape.  The therapeutic taping technique decreases pain, promotes improved circulation, and lymphatic drainage through lifting of the skin.  This lifting changes the contours of the skin in enhancing the space between various tissues (skin, muscle, fat, ie), promoting reduced inflammation in these areas.  There are several ways to apply Kinesiotape, including supporting overused muscles, weak muscles, spinal and non-spinal joints (knee, hip, shoulder for example), cartilage, and ligaments, in addition to increased swelling within an area of the body (pregnancy ie). Healthcare providers need to obtain certifications to be certified, so sports chiropractors and chiropractors alike can utilize the tape due to the trademarking and patents that Kinesiotape holds.

In the case of hamstring injuries, applying tape to the hamstring will improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, as one would want to reduce the overactivity of this muscle group.  Typically, the tape will be applied from insertion (below the knee joint) to the bottom of the buttock (ischial tuberosity AKA “sits bone”) and can be worn from 2-7 days depending on how well it adheres to the skin (if wanting to increase the hamstring firing activity, switch the position of the tape from origin->insertion).  In this application, it will diminish the load off of the hamstrings as exercise continues and sitting/standing working. Repeated applications may be utilized to ensure the hamstring can relax alongside corrective exercises provided by your sports chiropractor certified in Kinesiotape to promote proper and continued healing.

Kinesiotape’s therapeutic usage can allow one to remain active and not let a hamstring injury prevent them from exercising or staying active.  Visiting a sports chiropractor certified in Kinesiotape will allow to see results faster while minimizing time away from one’s exercise regimen.

Brian Marion, DC, CCSP, ART, SFMA, CKTP

Lincoln Park Chiropractic 2202 N. Lincoln Ave Suite 1 Chicago, IL 60614

(773) 248-2790

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