Krazy K Tape: Kinesiotape, KT tape, Rocktape, Dynatape, what IS it?

By Taryn Gauley, RMT With the Rio Summer Olympics having just wrapped up, many are wondering just what WAS that bright colourful tape everywhere? What was it doing? It doesn’t look like the standard white cloth tape and it sure doesn’t act like it either. Those athletes had full motion and the tape didn’t seem to slow them down in the slightest! KT tape, Kinesiotape, Rocktape, Dynatape(KTT for short) etc. are all a more recent development in the world of athletic performance as well as general recovery and rehabilitation from injuries. KTT is a flexible tape that stretches longways, a far cry from athletic tape that many physiotherapists have used in the past which is built to be a solid and sturdy external support. Athletic tape is made to hold and prevent the person from performing certain actions or limit how far they can move. By blocking the movement, the muscle, joint or ligament is protected from further damage. This does work to a degree, but it usually creates a dependancy on the taping to minimize pain and chance of re-injury. This tape can also only be applied for short periods of time, it gets uncomfortable and tight and often irritates the skin if it gets wet. KTT is very different as it allows full ranges of motion while it supports due to that ability to stretch unidirectionally. By applying the tape with different amounts of tension, different effects can be created. It can help get a muscle to contract more, or to contract less, can also help decrease swelling or pain and even make you more aware of...

What is Hot Stone massage(HSM)?

By Taryn Gauley, RMT This is a question frequently asked in the clinic. We see the advertisements for this type of treatment but are never really sure what it consists of or what it helps with. It is offered at massage therapy clinics and spas predominately, sometimes by an RMT and sometimes not depending on where you go. At its most basic level, Hot Stone Massage is exactly how it sounds: Basalt stones heated to a certain temperature and then used to massage muscles. The relaxing form of HSM is usually a full body massage from head to toes covering back, neck, shoulder, arms, hands, legs and feet in both the face down and face up positions. The heat is soothing and can be even more relaxing to some than traditional massage. This type of HSM would be available from any location offering the service. On a deeper level, HSM can be used more therapeutically by a RMT with different effects. HSM can be used on areas where muscles are overly sensitive to pressure, where traditional techniques would be painful to the client. In this case, the warmth of the stone is transferred to the muscles encouraging them to relax without the need for deep or even moderate pressure that would be used in traditional massage. The heat provided encourages all types of tissue to soften when used in either stationary or flowing patterns which can lead to an increased ability to stretch and increased mobility, particularly for areas with scar tissue. It can also be used to encourage the healing process to activate in a specific location from...