Wellness Outside of Sessions: Sports Tape

Kaleah McClain, FST LMT FMT NMRT.

You may have seen athletic tape while watching your local soccer team compete, notice a friend had an injury supported with tape, or heard about taping in a recent “What We Do Wednesdays” series on our social media. We love using tape to support your health and stability outside of sessions. So, how does tape work?

Let’s start with the benefits of taping:
Supports weak muscles
Prevents overextending muscles
Prevents over-contraction of muscles
Supports ligaments and tendons that have been recently strained or sprained
Assists in decreasing swelling and fluid movement
Assists in tissue decompression superficially
Provides stimulus to encourage better movement patterns

When would this not be a good option?
Allergic reaction to tape adhesive (you can test a small strip for a few hours to be certain it won’t cause an issue)
Open wounds should not be taped as it can introduce bacteria to the area and when removing tape can remove any scabs that have been formed
Over a deep vein thrombosis (the decompression and extra fluid movement could dislodge a clot)
Anytime an infection or active cancer is present the extra fluid movement can spread the infection or cause issues with treatments
Anytime you have little or altered sensation in an area, tape should not be used because you aren’t able to monitor its effect as well

This can be a great tool for continuing to build upon the work done in a session. If you have any questions or want to try this out with one of us at the office, just let us know! We’d be happy to help you find something that helps us propel your wellness forward.

Navigating Trauma: A Massage Therapist’s Role

Kaleah McClain, LMT FMT NMRT.

When working clients, I always mentally check in to see if I have noticed any signs of past trauma. For some people, they tense when working a certain area like perhaps around the shoulder or elbow. Others will start talking about significant life events as a way to let go of some of that experience. However that manifests, traumatic experiences have happened to us all in some form or another, be that physically,emotionally, spiritually, or mentally. So what role does massage therapy play in aiding recovery?

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Trigger Points – What They Mean

“WOW! I can feel that in my shoulder!”

Have you ever said that while your therapist is working on the neck area?  Then your therapist probably explained the term trigger point to you.  These small points of hyperirritability can cause sharp pain sensations, pain that is felt in other areas, and taunt bands of muscle and connective tissue or myofascial tissue.  If you gently explore the sides of your neck, you will surely find a few of them there, but trigger points can exist in any part of the myofascial tissue.

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