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Monthly Archives: February 2012

  1. KT Tape Launches Chinese Version of Website

    We just launched a Chinese version of the website in both Traditional and Simplified characters. The Chinese website focuses primarily on making our library of web-based video instructions and print documentation available to individuals, healthcare professionals and coaches to native Chinese speaking people everywhere.

    Our team of translators is still hard at work and we are planning to release the website in 5 additional languages including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Arabic, and German in the near future.

    If you have a request for a language we missed please let us know.

    Thanks,

    Jim Jenson

    KT Tape Marketing Team

     

     

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  2. Emily Bendler is ready for Mardi Gras. Are you?

    Thanks to Peg Moore- Maioriello from Empire City Dancers for the image.

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  3. KT TAPE PRO IS SHIPPING

    To find a local store carrying KT Tape Pro, just check the box and search. Stores with PRO will come up first.

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  4. How are you staying active this weekend?

    Thanks to Jacob Moon for sending this shot taken right here in our home state. Leave a comment and let us know what you are doing to stay active. Thanks.

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  5. KT Tape Away Your Low Back Pain

    Low back pain is often caused by complications arising from the SI Joint. Though the SI Joint is not the singular cause of low back pain, attention to the joint is important in assessing and treating the pain. Athletes from all sports and people from all walks of like experience problems with the SI Joint due to its pivotal position in the body.

    SI JOINT

    KT Tape can be used to take pressure off of the associated musculature, create additional space by manipulating the fascia, and increase circulation to the area for a sense of pain relief and support. Relief is generally felt immediately. Use KT Tape in combination with massage, ice after activity, myofascial release, rest, stretching, chiropractic adjustments, avoidance of pain inciting activities, NSAIDs, and core workouts such as Pilates.

     

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    Leave a comment below and let us know how it works for you. You can see a full list of new applications here. Thx!

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  6. KT Tape to Eliminate Shin Splints

    Shin splints is an injury almost every runner experiences at one time or another.  KT Tape can be used to treat shin splint pain both during and after running or sporting activity, and it can also be used preventatively.

    SHIN SPLINTS

    Here's a brand new video for shin splints. The shin is the common name for the front of the lower leg bone (tibia) and its associated muscles and tendons. While the tibialis posterior serves to point the toes and foot downwards (plantarflexion), muscles on the front of the leg (primarily the anterior tibialis) serve to point the toes and foot upwards (dorsiflexion).

    KT Tape can help relieve the pressure and strain on the tissue as well as relax the muscles of the shin. KT Tape will also increase proprioceptive awareness along the tibialis anterior and increase circulation to help quell inflammation. Use KT Tape in conjunction with rest to promote the healing process and see reduced recovery times.

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    For more info on the causes and treatment of shin splints check here. You can see a full list of new applications here. Leave a comment and let us know what you think? Thx!

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  7. Can KT Tape Pro outlast you in water?

    KT Tape Pro doesn’t stop working. Not even when you do. It is engineered to perform in the harshest environments. It has the tenacity to last for an entire week, through multiple runs, daily showers, in humidity, cold, or in the pool. It features a patented SecondSkin adhesive that will go as long as you do, and—no offense—probably longer. But how does it perform in water?

    Dr. Narson, a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Associations's Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year in 1999-2000, recently tested KT Tape Pro in the pool. Here is his report:

    So, we've all seen the Olympic beach volleyball players wearing that funky looking colorful tape on their shoulders and knees. You've probably seen it at local triathlons, marathons and other sporting events as well.

    There are several companies out there but one in particular is making a special synthetic tape with a waterproof adhesive. KT Tape's KT Tape Pro has the same elasticity as the original tape but puts it on a more tough synthetic material and keeps it in place with a heat sensitive waterproof adhesive.

    Many athletes use this tape to help in the correction of postural dysfunction, to aid the healing of an injury or to give a particular motion some extra assistance (physically and proprioceptively). The problem has always been, when the athlete starts sweating, the tape begins to lose its stickiness and peel off. So, I put this to the test.

    I had the KT Tape applied to my shoulder on Saturday. The any hair was shaved and the skin was cleaned with rubbing alcohol. The tape was applied to help stabilize my right scapula (which is winged) and help assist the deltoids in abduction because they've really been working overtime in dealing with the winged scapula.

    Anyway, since I had the tape put on, I had taken several showers, ran a 5k, went on a rowing machine (aka: Erg) and rowed 10,000 meters, took a long hot bath after rowing and then, on the 4th day, did a 1-mile swim test.  As you can see from the video below, the tape held up very well. So if you are in the market for some good kinesiology tape, you can't beat the KT Tape Pro. It comes in rolls of pre-cut 10" strips and in a variety of really cool colors & black. For clinicians, it comes in a large uncut clinic roll that allows you to cut the lengths you need.  KT Tape also has a cool desktop display dispensor for your office.

    Check out the video of my 1-mile swim test. As I write this, I've also done another 10k run and showered twice more. It's still sticking and still has retained its resiliency and function.

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    KT Tape Applied Saturday

    After...

    4 Showers
    1 Hot Shower
    Running a 5K
    Rowing 10,000 meters on an Erg 
    Swimming 1.4 miles &
    another shower when I got home...
    The KT Tape is still on, holding well and still has its original resilience.  The Swim was Tuesday.

    So if you're looking for some extra support for your posture or need to correct some performance dysfunction or simply want to give your muscle and tendons some assistance through a particular movement - then KT Tape Pro is for you. It's a great quality product, reasonably priced and best of all, it looks really cool too!

    On their web site you'll even find instructional videos for applying the tape for basic problems. Anything more complex and you'll want to consult with someone like me.

    'Nuff Said.

    Dr. T

    Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

     

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  8. Turf Toe: Definition and Biomechanics

    Turf Toe Defined -by David J. Micca, DPM, FACFAS, CWS, FCCWS

    Turf toe is the term used in sports medicine circles to describe a jamming or impaction injury of the great toe joint (1st metatarsophalangeal joint). Another, more appropriate name for this condition is hallux limitus.

    Historically, the term “turf toe” developed due to an increased incidence of 1st MPJ soft tissue injuries in football players wearing flexible cleats allowing hyperextension at the 1st MPJ and jamming of the joint while playing on artificial turf.

    Turf toe injuries account for more missed practice and training than ankle sprains, despite occurring less often

    Turf toe can be both acutely and chronically disabling if not treated appropriately. In fact, approximately 50% of all patients with hallux limitus (turf toe) have persistent symptoms which include hallux rigidus (severe degenerative joint disease with loss of range of motion of the 1st MPJ), hallux valgus (bunion deformity), chronic capsulitis and/or extensor tendinitis.

    Turf toe caused by a direct injury to the joint may or may not obvious initially. The onset of direct injury to the joint may be abrupt, but also may be insidious becoming increasingly more painful as the training progresses.

    Turf toe pain will subside with rest only to recur with increased activity

    It’s not unusual to see symptoms of turf toe resolve in the off-season only to recur with renewed exercise. This condition is not just associated with sports or training injuries to the 1st MPJ. Some sedentary patients have a biomechanical abnormality which results in jamming of the 1st MPJ with every step. After several years, degenerative changes occur causing a hallux limitus or rigidus.

    Many factors have been implicated in the increased incidence of turf toe

    These reasons include:

    • Direct physical injury to the great toe joint (turf toe) - injury to the articular cartilage or subchondral bone. These injuries may be due impaction injuries or hyperextension/flexion of the first MPJ.
    • Functional hallux limitus - biomechanical function that results in metatarsus primus elevatus (congenital elevation of the 1st metatarsal) and subsequent repetitive jamming of the first MPJ.
    • Structural hallux limitus - limited range of motion caused by a congenitally long first metatarsal.
    • Other conditions - synovitis, crystal deposition diseases such as gout, systemic arthritis, external physical influences such as Dupytren's contracture, etc. which damage the joint.
    • Other structural or biomechanical abnormalities such as: a congenitally flat metatarsal head, hypermobility of the 1st ray/medial column, increased ankle dorsiflexion, flat feet (pes planus).

    It's important to understand that the terms turf toe and hallux limitus are similar but aren’t synonymous. The fundamental difference between the two terms is the patient population that they affect. Turf toe is a term used in athletic circles that refers to an injury of the great toe joint. On the other hand, hallux limitus, refers to a broader, ‘non-athletic’ patient population and need to include all the above listed causes of hallux limitus.

    Turf toe is graded in severity ranging from grade 1 through grade 4 depending on the severity of the condition.

    Biomechanics of Turf Toe

    Normal function of the great toe joint (1st metatarsal phalangeal joint) requires that the 1st metatarsal bone plantarflex (move down) to allow the proximal phalanx to ride up (dorsiflex). This hinge action needs to take place with each step. If the normal range of motion is limited in any way, jamming of the joint will occur and hallux limitus will ensue. There are two known biomechanical factors that contribute to the formation of hallux limitus.

    Those factors include:

    • A long 1st metatarsal - the relative length of the 1st and second metatarsals is very important in understanding the onset of hallux limitus.
    • An elevated 1st metatarsal (metatarsus primus elevatus)- as previously described, plantarflexion of the 1st metatarsal is required for the hallux to ride up onto the 1st metatarsal head. With an elevated 1st metatarsal, the hinge motion is limited and jamming occurs.
    • Direct injury to the joint - Impaction injury or hyperextension injury to the great toe joint is often called turf toe. These injuries affect the normal biomechanics of the joint in a number of ways. Turf toe injuries can result in bone contusions, damage to the cartilage surface or interposition of soft tissue or loose bodies within the joint.

    Symptoms of Turf Toe

    Symptoms include pain with the onset of activity. Swelling and stiffness of the great toe joint increases with activity. Bruising may occur following the initial injury but is not commonly seen as turf toe progresses.

    There may be radiating pain if that extends from the 1st MPJ dorsally (top of foot) towards the ankle. This is usually due to a chronic extensor tendinitis/capsulitis. Transfer of the weight to the lateral side of the foot to aid in propulsion and limit 1st MPJ dorsiflexion. Chronic pain to the outside and ball of the foot may ensue as a result of this compensation.

     

     

    Treatment of Turf Toe

    Most turf toe injuries are treated non-surgically. If surgery is performed for this condition it is usually after years of repetitive jamming and destruction of the joint requiring joint replacement surgery. Prevention by addressing the biomechanical influences for turf toe is the key to treating this condition pallitively.

    An initial assessment to rule out fractures or dislocations is made. Once ruled out, treatment is geared at protecting the soft tissues and allowing for functional rehabilitation.

    1. RICE protocol: Rest and restricted motion at the 1st MPJ. Rigid soled shoes to limit hyperextension during propulsion. Ice during the first 48 hours of injury. Compressive dressing and elevation
    2. NSAIDs as an adjunctive therapy to reduce inflammation of the joint
    3. Taping of the hallux with a crossing loop over the top of the proximal phalanx to splint the first MPJ and protect the soft tissues while restricting hyperextension
    4. Physical therapy modalities such as whirlpool and ultrasound with cold compression to improve motion by actively reducing edema and prevent scarring.
    5. Functional orthotic control, more specifically a kinetic wedge orthotic which plantarflexes the 1st ray allowing less jamming at the MPJ
    6. HA padding which preloads the hallux also allowing the 1st metatarsal to drop

    Is KT Tape an effective treatment?

    KT Tape helps to treat turf toe by providing therapeutic stability and support while maintaining a healthy range of motion. It may take up to 4 weeks for the condition to completely subside, but with KT Tape and the following guidelines, you will certainly reduce the amount of time necessary to return to normal activity levels. If symptoms do not subside at all within 12 hours, consider an X-ray to check for fractures.

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    See Turf Toe Instructions.

    Leave a comment and let us know how this worked for you.

     

    Special thanks for our friends at sportsmedinfo.net for giving us permission to re-post. Original Article

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