What Is That Funny Colored Tape On David Beckham?

You may have seen pictures of David Beckham, Serena Williams or Lance Armstrong with pink, blue or black tape on during a sporting activity and wondered what that tape is for?  Well, this tape is widely used because it helps heal while providing support and stability to muscles and joints.  Sometimes we hurt ourselves and think we can not continue working out or playing the sport we love.  Sometimes that is the case, but there are many times that taping can allow us to continue what we love without hurting ourselves further.  Taping can also elevate our performance so some athletes keep it on during their sport to run faster or move quicker.

Kinesio Taping® is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to accelerate your body’s natural healing process.  It does all of this without restricting your body’s movement.  Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for everyone from kids to grandparents.  It successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.

The Kinesio® Taping Method not only provides your muscles and bones with the support you are looking for, but at the same time rehabilitates your condition as well.  It does this by targeting different receptors within your somatosensory system.  Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin.  This lifting affect decreases inflammation allowing a quick recovery from your injury.   Kinesio® Tex Tape can be applied to any area of the body and has the ability to reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing.

Kinesio Tex Tape has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints.   It is safe, effective and pain free!

What is the difference between Graston (S.A.S.T.M) And Active Release Technique (ART)

Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) is becoming very popular in body work.  Chiropractors and massage therapists are increasing its use for their clients.  It gets good results but I prefer to use Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (S.A.S.T.M.) in my practice.  I know, it is a mouthful, but it gets great results and it’s easy on the practitioner.   Both methods focus on releasing adhesions accumulated in the body and allow for proper healing and movement.

One big difference I like about S.A.S.T.M., is that the patient does not have to move the effected body part while instruments are supplied.  Sometimes a patient can barely move because of tightness or pain so why traumatize the area more when you don’t have to.  This method allows the patient to lay on the table and relax while the treatment is applied.   S.A.S.T.M. is also not painful and pressure is applied to specific areas that have been under large amounts of stress.  Ever hear “No pain, no gain”, well in this case that phrase doesn’t apply.  There is no pain, but lots of gain!  I personally think that is a good thing.

Here is what happens during a session of S.A.S.T.M.  Carefully crafted instruments are applied to the area of scar tissue and with gentle pressure strokes over the area, they release scar tissue and knots that are stored in the body and cause dysfunction and/or pain.  After the application, patients feel less stress on the area, increased blood flow and better movement.

Another great feature with using S.A.S.T.M., is that the practitioner does not injure or strain their thumbs.  I have several chiropractic friends that tell me their thumbs are killing them after a busy day of A.R.T.  This does not happen with these special instruments.

If you have gotten A.R.T. in the past, try Graston or S.A.S.T.M.  You will feel great afterward!