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Dynamic Tape - Innovative Therapeutic Taping

27 July, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Dynamic Tape is not a kinesiology or athletic tape. It is a Biomechanical Tape, an entirely new category of sports and therapeutic taping. This innovative tape has visco-elastic properties with strong elastic recoil and absorbs force to reduce the workload on injured tissues.

Dynamic Tape is a revolution in taping:

- it is composed of a synthetic, stretch nylon & lycra cloth

- it is designed to stretch in all directions (4-way stretching) as opposed to only a longitudinally (2-way stretching)

- it has many times the resistance and recoil, likened to a bungee cord

- it can stretch to over 200% of its resting length with no restrictive end point. This prevents the tape from being applied with the body part in a shortened position while maintaining full range

- it is designed to work mechanically, designed to optimise movement patterns while absorbing load and re-injecting that energy back into movement, all without limiting range of motion

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How Well Do Hip Exercises Help Relieve Chronic Low Back Pain?

11 November, 2016 2 comments Leave a comment



We’ve all heard the lectures preaching how hip mobility and strength is a common answer to alleviating low back pain; and per the mobility/stability continuum (Thanks for the review, Dr. Mike Voight!), it makes sense. But can we ‘back’ it up with some data? Last year, researcher Sang Lee and colleagues conducted a study to compare hip range of motion between a lumbar stability group and a lumbar instability group. They also investigated the effectiveness of hip exercises for low-back pain patients with lumbar instability, using lumbar stabilization to strengthen muscles to support the spine and prevent low back pain.

The Effectiveness of Hip Exercises in Eliminating Low Back Pain 

Seventy-eight subjects were divided into two groups: a lumbar stability group and a lumbar instability group. About half of each group was assigned to a hip-joint exercise subgroup, while the rest were assigned to a control group. Over a span of six weeks, the experimental group performed hip joint exercises along with lumbar stabilization exercises, while the control group only performed lumbar stabilization exercises. Intensity of low back pain was recorded at three weeks and six weeks after the baseline.

Those who were part of the experimental group took part in four closed-chain exercises using sling apparatus for lumbar stabilization. As for increasing hip range of motion, the subjects performed open- chain exercises using slings. For hip joint flexion strengthening, the subjects performed active resistance exercises using TheraBand elastic resistance bands 

Results

Although there were no significant differences in the subjects’ age, height, weight and body mass index, the results did show significant differences between the groups in regards to pain intensity. These findings suggest that the performance of hip exercises by chronic low back pain patients with lumbar instability is more effective than conventional therapy reducing low back pain and levels of disability (Lee et al. 2015).

Basically, increasing hip range of motion and strength helps alleviate chronic low back pain, consistent with the stability/mobility continuum. There you have it.

For a list of hip exercises to improve strength and range of motion, head over to the TheraBand Academy!

Hitech Therapy assisting Rhino orphans….

28 June, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

Hitech Therapy are priveledged to be involved in the cause of
assisting Rhino orphan Thor 

Recently HiTech Therapy sold an Equissage Horse therapy device to:
Care for Wild Africa

It’s been a tough two weeks for black rhino orphan Thor. At the beginning of the month, he sustained injuries from another sub-adult male rhino. The Care for Wild Africa team noticed that Thor was becoming lame in his hind legs and called in the help of veterinary experts.
Dr. Johan Marais from 'Savings the Survivors,' Dr. Ferreira du Plessis and Professor Tony Shakespeare made a special visit to Care for Wild to examine Thor, who, at that time, was unable to stand without support. They determined that he had a spinal injury. The silver lining was that he was not paralyzed, so the team kept up hopes for his recovery.

With round-the-clock care and attention, after a week Thor managed to stand on his own legs! The team have left no stone unturned and discovered that Thor responded well to Equissage Cycloid Vibration Therapy (CVT) . Thanks to a generous supporter, he now has his very own Niagara Equissage (usually designed for horses),  
The proven medical benefits include Increased Circulation and Lymphatic Drainage, Relaxation of Muscles and Increased Joint Mobility, which in turn, produces better movement and performance for both you and your horse, in this instance a young Rhino.
The Equissage Back Pack gives a deep tissue Cycloidal Massage to the entire animal. Due to the unique action of CVT, the Back Pack actively Improves Circulation, Relaxes Muscles while providing Passive Exercise and promotes Lymphatic Drainage.
For the best therapeutic benefits, the Hand Pack should always be used in conjunction with the Equissage Back Pack, as the action of the Hand Pack will be far more effective when the horse’s lymphatic system is already stimulated by the Back Pack. Speed up healing of many conditions and provides an ongoing treatment option for optimal result.


We hope that Thor keeps up the fighting spirit that we all love him for! As a tiny calf Thor almost died twice and fought his way back each time. He is showing the same resilience now, so we are in good hope. ​


Hitech Therapy Exercise Everywhere – CLX Glute Circle Raise

15 June, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment

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If you’re looking for a good burn, exercise physiologist and personal trainer Jackie Church has just the exercise for you. Make your glute medius beg for mercy with this double-hitter, enhanced by the resistance of the TheraBand CLX. Grab your band and join in this #FitnessFriday… if you think you have the glutes for it!

CLX Glute Circle Raise
Position yourself sitting on your side, inactive leg tucked underneath you and support yourself with your inactive arm. On the opposite leg, place your foot in the middle of the CLX band, and grab both ends in your hand. Raise your active leg off the ground, perform two circles, two lifts, and repeat.

How to Improve Shoulder Impingement Syndrome Therapy

01 June, 2016 1 comments Leave a comment

Whether you’re an athlete, an average Joe or a couch potato, chances are you’ll experience shoulder pain at some point in your life; and if you do have shoulder pain, chances are you’re dealing with shoulder impingement syndrome. According to Onat et al. (2016), “shoulder (or subacromial) impingement syndrome is the most frequent disorder involving the shoulder, accounting for 44% to 65% of all shoulder complaints.”

Onat and colleagues set out to test this theory with a common pain management method like corticosteroid injections, and a newer, rising method: kinesiology tape. The authors stated, “The aim of this study was to investigate whether kinesiology taping or subacromial corticosteroid injection provides additional benefit when used with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome.”

Shoulder impingement research setup 99 patients with shoulder impingement syndrome were chosen to be in this study after meeting a very specific set of standards. Each participant:
  • Had impingement symptoms in clinical tests
  • Had shoulder radiograph and ultrasound tests done to rule out other causes of shoulder pain, such as osteoarthritis, tendinitis, rotator cuff tear and more.
  • Did not have a history of any rheumatic disease, fracture, infection, tumor, shoulder trauma, surgery, corticosteroid injection, or physical therapy for the symptomatic shoulder within the last six months 

After the baseline testing, patients were divided into three groups:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs group
  • Single subacromial corticosteroid injection plus drugs group
  • Kinesiology taping plus drugs group

Each patient in each group was given a home-based exercise program. In the kinesiology taping group, the tape was applied immediately following the baseline assessment. The tape was worn for four weeks (renewed periodically) and was applied to the supraspinatus and deltoid muscles:


The researchers used the following measurements for each of the groups:

  • Pain levels during night, rest, and activity
  • Range of motion
  • Shoulder flexion and abduction
  • External and internal rotation
  • Functional disability

How to improve shoulder impingement therapy

Turns out… it’s a tie! According to the authors, significant improvements were observed in all clinical variables within each group. According to the statistical analyses, there were no differences between the corticosteroid injection and kinesiology taping groups; however, there were significant differences between these two groups and the group receiving only non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs . The researchers therefore concluded that kinesiology taping could serve as an alternative treatment to corticosteroid injections.

Kinesiology Taping for Posture

09 March, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment


While poor posture takes a toll on the spine, the underlying effects may not be as obvious. Shoulder, neck and upper back pain are often associated with posture problems and can get in the way of everyday activities. With this TheraBand Kinesiology Taping for posture support, you can alleviate the stress of almost any condition associated poor posture, such asUpper Crossed Syndrome, headaches, forward head posture, cervical radiculopathy and more. Grab some TheraBand Kinesiology Tape and let’s get started!

Kinesiology taping for posture correction

Most published research on postural improvement after kinesiology taping are case studies. Back in 2013, Hwang-Bo et al.studied the effects of kinesiology taping in a female sedentary worker with rounded shoulder posture. Kinesiology tape was applied with approximately 50-60% stretch to accommodate for a more rounded posture in the dominant upper back and shoulder, and approximately 40-50% stretch in the non-dominant upper back and shoulder, without stretch at the end of the tape, while holding the shoulder retraction posture.

After one month of kinesiology taping, the rounded shoulder posture improved progressively and the dominant upper back pain gradually disappeared. The patient no longer complained of dominant upper back pain during deskwork.


Watch as our tape guru Dr. Greg Doerr breaks down his
postural correction kinesiology taping!

Hitech Therapy Weekly Education Bulletin #TherabandKinesio

04 March, 2016 0 comments Leave a comment


Lumbar Kinesiology Taping Technique

We can’t be the only ones that have crawled to our computers or phones to frantically search the internet for “how to fix low back pain.” That’s why this educational bulletin we are sharing this super simple lumbar kinesiology taping technique so you’re prepared for the next time you forget to lift with your legs. Grab a roll of  TheraBand Kinesiology Tape and follow along with our taping expert, Dr. Greg Doerr.​

Lumbar kinesiology taping technique for low back pain
The goal of this tape job is to improve the muscle’s ability to contract with concentric and eccentric loading. In a 2014 study, researchers found that this method “influenced fascia mobility, allowing for slight improvement of lumbar flexibility.”
“In all three experimental groups no significant differences were observed with the Schober test, but it was possible to observe an increase in lumbar flexion after 30 days. With the fingertip-to-floor distance assessment… groups showed significantly improved flexibility 24 hours and 48 hours after tape removal.”

Watch the video below to learn how to use kinesiology tape to help back pain!
 
In our TapeTuesday series, we will be sharing methods for different types of tape application, as well as the accompanying research to support it. We’ll talk about therapeutic and preventive taping, such as TheraBand Kinesiology Tape 
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TREATING ANKLE INJURIES: BACK ON YOUR FEET, FAST

09 November, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

There are few injuries that are as maddening as ankle injuries.
While it's "just" an ankle, it affects every step you take.
And unfortunately, can it can throw your whole training
program off schedule for a lot longer than you probably
want to admit. 

There is some good news about treating ankle
injuries
, though. 

Ankle Injuries: Treatment and Management

Whether it's a sprain, strain, or break, your ankle is going to
need some serious RICE treatment. In case you've never
had an ankle injury and have never met RICE, lucky you.
But, now's the time to heed the acronym. 

RICE is 

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Rest is probably the hardest part for an athlete. 

Icing is generally recommended to be 15-20 minutes on
the area, every hour, until swelling has subsided. Even
after you're well on its way to the ankle healing, however,
you'll probably find icing at least once a day will help
improve flexibility and range of motion (not to mention
continued healing). 

Managing inflammation is also key to your recovery,
especially in the first two to three days after the injury.
Ibuprofen is typically recommended, even if not needed
for pain, to help reducing swelling and improve blood
flow to the injured area. 

Ankle Injuries: Returning to Full Strength

The good news about ankle injuries is that most heal
without invasive treatment. The bad news about ankle
injuries - well, besides pain and sidelining your training
program - is that it's common to re-injure your ankle
before it's fully healed.

The ankle, obviously a pivot point, is most likely to be
injured when the toes are down and the heel is up in
the air. Once you're back on your feet, bracing or wrapping
the ankle until it's fully healed and feels stable again can
go a long way to preventing another ankle sprain or strain.  

 

MOST COMMON NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE INJURIES

28 October, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

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Evidence supports the clinical use of kinesiology tape to reduce pain

24 March, 2015 0 comments Leave a comment

Evidence supports the clinical use of kinesiology tape to reduce pain – Academy Research Updates

March 23, 2015

It seems like an age-old question by now: “Does kinesiology tape actually work?”

While some believe there’s no evidence, or a placebo effect at best, a recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine concluded that research does support the use of kinesiology tape to reduce musculoskeletal pain.

Despite several recent systematic reviews and analyses suggesting that kinesiology tape doesn’t provide clinical benefits, the analysis by Singapore researchers Lim and Tay suggests that kinesiology tape can be clinically beneficial. They found that kinesiology tape is as effective as other minimal interventions at reducing musculoskeletal pain.

Why is this kinesiology taping review different than the others?

Their analysis was better than previous kinesiology tape reviews because they analyzed 17 randomized controlled trials (RCT) in a true meta-analysis that pooled each study’s results. The average quality of the included research as assessed by the PEDro scale was 6 out of 10. In addition, Lim and Tay focused only on pain and disability outcomes in chronic (greater than 4 weeks) musculoskeletal pain patients. In contrast, other reviews and analyses that concluded kinesiology tape is not beneficial included non-randomized trials, and sometimes included patients with acute musculoskeletal conditions.

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How did they evaluate the studies?

Lim and Tay evaluated studies that compared kinesiology tape with minimal interventions such as no tape, “sham” or placebo tape, or usual care studies where both groups received exercise or general physical therapy. “Other forms of interventions” such as treatments other than kinesiology taping alone were also compared separately. These included studies that compared a group receiving only kinesiology taping to another intervention such as exercise or manual therapy.

Lim and Tay pooled data from 822 patients and converted pain outcome scores to standardized mean differences (to account for different outcomes scores) between the 2 groups. Negative scores (noting a decrease in pain or disability) favored kinesiology tape.

What did they conclude on kinesiology tape’s effectiveness?

The researchers found a significant difference and clinical benefit in favor of kinesiology tape when comparing the standardized mean difference in pain between kinesiology tape and minimal treatment, noting an average effect size ranging from -0.36 to -0.68 (small to moderate beneficial reduction in pain).

Lim and Tay concluded, “Kinesiology tape is superior to minimal interventions for pain relief.” Furthermore, “When used in combination with conventional therapy, kinesiology tape may be effective at reducing pain.”

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This suggests that kinesiology tape might be an effective adjunct in rehabilitation as a pain-relieving intervention similar to ice or heat. These findings are consistent with the review by Montalvo et al. (2014), who stated, “Kinesiology tape may be used in conjunction with or in place of more traditional therapies.”

While kinesiology tape may reduce pain, it should not be used as a stand-alone intervention in lieu of other proven therapies for musculoskeletal pain such as manual therapy or exercise. In their article, Lim and Tay concluded, “Existing evidence does not establish the superiority of kinesiology tape to other treatment approaches to reduce pain and disability.”

But wait, there’s more!

Interestingly, however, closer inspection of the data suggests there may be some clinical benefit to reduce disability as well as pain.

While the comparison of studies using kinesiology tape interventions to minimal interventions was statistically insignificant (p=0.05), the confidence interval included effect sizes of 0 to -0.83 with an average effect size of -0.41 (a moderate effect). Therefore, there’s opportunity for a clinical benefit to reduce disability beyond trivial levels.

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Pooled effect sizes and 95% confidence intervals, based on Figure 3 from Lim & Tay, 2015

Obviously reduction in disability requires more active therapy than passive treatments such as kinesiology tape or modalities alone. Although kinesiology tape alone may not significantly reduce disability, it’s safe to use kinesiology tape as part of a program to reduce pain and facilitate exercise or manual therapy.

So, there is benefit to using kinesiology tape in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain to help reduce pain, even after they leave the clinic.

REFERENCE: Lim EC, Tay MG. Kinesio taping in musculoskeletal pain and disability that lasts for more than 4 weeks: is it time to peel off the tape and throw it out with the sweat? A systematic review with meta-analysis focused on pain and also methods of tape application. Br J Sports Med. 2015 Jan 16. pii: bjsports-2014-094151. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2014-094151. [Epub ahead of print]

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