Athletes across the world are taping up- they want things to feel a certain way and they want the right amount of support at the same time. Taping up before matches and practices is a ritual for many of them. Dynamic Tape, created by Ryan Kendrick, is a new, innovative approach to taping methods.
Tens of thousands of people worldwide are trained in various forms of taping including Kendrick, a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist IMS Practitioner who made it his mission to develop a product that would permit full range of movement but allow genuine mechanical assistance to aid the role of injured tissues. Kendrick’s approach has made strides not only in sports physiology but also in areas of pediatrics and neurology rehabilitation.
simple terms, Dynamic Tape works like a bungee cord by decelerating
motion to absorb load and then assisting motion as it recoils.
Preliminary research has shown that it is effective at supporting the
arch in the foot to alleviate pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
Similarly, it can take the weight of the arm and correct the shoulder
blade position which may assist with rotator cuff problems or
shoulder subluxation following a stroke. It may provide sufficient
assistance to prevent someone with foot drop catching their toes as
they walk or it may help to open the hand allowing someone to grasp
an object. By resisting one way or assisting another, it could even
help address faults in a golfer's swing.
Recently, doctors have discovered that Dynamic Tape can help patients of cerebral palsy in the same ways it has been helping athletes. There are a number of different types of Cerebral Palsy. One of these types is categorized by spasticity. Spasticity can be defined as a tightness or stiffness of muscles. It also limits motor functions and results in muscle weakness. This is where Dynamic Tape can be introduced.
Ryan says he developed the tape after years of research that allows the wearer to move through full range of motion without limitation but with strong biomechanical assistance (as opposed to a primary neurophysiologic approach). This is the key to helping these patients.
According to their website, Dynamic Tape strongly assists or resists movement, facilitates or inhibits and offloads tissue through full range of motion. This is only possible due to the highly elastic nature (no endpoint like kinesiotapes) and four way stretch necessary when taping multi joint muscles or movements and performing complex, three-dimensional skills. The tape is applied in a way that it mimics that action of the injured muscle or tendon.
Ryan explains, “If the tape is contributing some of the effort to accelerate or decelerate movement, the musculotendinous unit does not need to do as much. This is a very mechanical approach to alter movement patterns or to assist muscle action and reduce load on injured or painful structures.”
By examining affected children, doctors can find the major areas to address and apply the tape accordingly to the child’s needs. The tape can help these children by reducing pain and mimicking the actions of their muscles. Doctors have seen great success by using this tape on patients.
· Link to the Dynamic Tape website – www.dynamictape.com
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John has been reporting on home health care and independent living for over ten years. In addition to extensive research, John writes on important issues from personal experience.