Kinesiology Tape Therapy
Dr. Erin Champion is certified in Canine Kinesiology taping by Angel’s Animals.
Kinesiology taping is a safe therapy that can be used on its own or combined with other alternative therapies such as chiropractic care or laser therapy. This therapy is pain-free and can help decrease pain, decrease inflammation, support joints, support soft tissue, increase proprioception, and increase energy flow through the meridians. This veterinary-specific kinesiology tape can be applied on dogs with medium to short-length hair, some clipping would be necessary to apply on dogs with long hair.
Kinesiology taping can be used to treat and manage various health problems including:
- Neck, shoulder, and back pain
- Hind end weakness
- Hind end leg pain
- Vertebral disc bulge
- Post-surgical swelling
- Knee, back, hind end, and hip support
- Decreasing surgical scars
- Increasing proprioception
Kinesiology tape is the only engineered athletic tape that stretches along its longitudinal axis; therefore, it does not restrict the range of motion in any way when applied. When applied to the hair, it lifts the hair, which in turn lifts the skin and mechanically decompresses the skin. This decompression promotes increased blood flow and lymphatic flow, which decreases inflammation and relieves pressure from free nerve endings. This tape stimulates mechanoreceptors which helps inhibit nociceptors; In other words, it acts like a natural pain reliever. Movement with the tape also stimulates proprioceptors, which helps stimulate and promote proper movement.