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Levotape Kinesiology Tape available in 8 colours From £5.21
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Vivomed has been in the forefront of developing the Kinesiology Taping training courses and supplies in the UK and Ireland for over 8 years.
The Kinesiology Taping method was created by Dr Kenzo Kase in the late 1970's. In an attempt to optimize his treatment of injuries and acute and chronic illnesses, he experimented with traditional tapes and techniques, but found them limited in their applications. Fundamental to Dr Kase's development of the Taping technique was the study of the muscles and skin. Dr Kase was intriqued by the skin and its function as the body's largest reflex organ. He was also able to see that the muscles not only reacted to environmental changes, but also theorised in their ability to support the body's own healing and regeneration processes. The muscles, therefore, not only make movement possible, but also effect microcirculation, neuromuscular transmission, etc.
Using the skin as the model Dr Kase endeavoured to create a material which would augment the skin's capacity to transmit stimulating and healing information via the skin's many receptors. He collaborated with the huge Japanese company Nitto Denko to create the tape which was called Kinesio Tape. The tape had a number of unique qualitities not seen before in existing tapes. The medical grade acrylic adhesive for example is applied as a wave to allow the skin to breathe and to help the circulation of sweat and air. This wave pattern was patented in Japan by Nitto Denko. However in December 2006 the Kinesio organisation took the decision to stop using the tape manufactured by Nitto Denko and source their tape outside Japan.
In an effort to maintain supplies of the original tape European practitioners founded K-Active Europe. K-Active Europe now import the original tape from Japan so maintaining the top quality product for european practitioners.
There are 30 reviews with an average rating of 4.73
Charlotte from United KingdomOwner25 April 2017 18:46
My physio has been using this tape on my knee for 6 months now following an accident that left me with no feeling in my leg. This tape was used as a last resort to try and give a better blood supply to my lower leg. I started off with a bruise from thigh to ankle and now 6 months on i have half of the feeling back in my leg and i can honestly say that this tape is the most amazing purchase i've ever made!! I bought some of my own tape so that in between the time i see my physio i can replace the tape. Another positive is that you can leave this tape on for 3-4 days and you can have it on in water. Only thing i would say is that if you overlap the tape, the overlapping part will only stick for about a day. Overall i would recommend this product to anyone if i'm honest, it works absolute wonders and has made my recovery so much quicker!!
Lorraine from United KingdomOwner05 January 2016 17:52
Due to ingenious thinking by my physiotherapist, he hit upon using Levotape to help the 'drop foot' I was left with after a severe accident which severed a tendon in my leg. it works a treat and with the different colours to choose from the tape looks more like a fashion accessory rather than something to assist my disability. It's wonderful, can't rate it highly enough!
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First grade ankle sprain involves stretching of the ligament with only a small amount of ligament tearing and features a low degree of swelling.
The joint remains stable and there is no loss of function, and the patient can generally bear weight either partially or fully.
Second grade ankle sprains involve stretching of the ligament, with partial tearing, and involve moderate-to-severe swelling, and bruising.
The joint will be moderately unstable and there will be moderate loss of function, and weight bearing may prove difficult.
Third grade ankle sprain injuries involve complete rupture of the ligament. Swelling and bruising of the area will be immediate, and pain will be severe.
The joint will be moderately to severely unstable, and weight bearing will involve severe pain.
Generally known as “going over on the ankle”, an ankle sprain is generally an inversion movement where the outside (lateral side) of the ankle rotates towards the ground resulting in damage to the lateral ligaments. Eversion injuries are much less common and are characterised by the inside (medial side) of the ankle moving towards the ground with resultant damage to the medial ligaments.
The most common ligament to be damaged is the Anterior Talofibular Ligament
The above graded classification tends to be used for diagnostic purposes, while in the absence of X Rays, broken ankles tend to be excluded if the patient can walk on the ankle.
In an ankle sprain, physical examination will tend to show tenderness, swelling and bruising. The degree of each presentation will be indicative of the grade of sprain, or indeed if a fracture is present. Bruising may appear at the heel rather than the site of the injury.
Tenderness at the medial or lateral malleolus, mid foot bones or fifth metatarsal may indicate the presence of a fracture, and range of motion must be examined to exclude tendon ruptures.
Gentle passive replication of the inversion movement in lateral sprains should cause pain, and plantar flexion should also aggravate the symptoms.
In the acute situation the traditional PRICEs regime should be initiated.
(P)rotection is generally provided with a “Walker Boot” e.g. Aircast Air Select or Air Select Short or ankle support such as the Push Aequi ankle brace.
(R)est promotes healing, but gentle pain free movement should be encouraged.
(I)ce in the form of ice packs, ice bags or wraps will help reduce swelling in the acute phase.
(C)ompression using an elasticated bandage or compressive brace or wrap.
(E)levation above the level of the heart when possible.
Recently, however, some practitioners have been finding remarkable results in reducing swelling using lymphatic drainage techniques with Kinesiology Tape.
In patient with ongoing weakness in the ankle joint, and in athletes generally it may be useful to use athletic taping techniques or bracing to help prevent recurrent ankle sprains.
Generally, taping is effective only when applied with the skill of a trained therapist, and may only be useful for short periods, as movement tends to loosen the tape.
Support braces may be more useful for patients in the non elite category without the back up of the sports medicine team available at most clubs.
Published: July 8, 2011
Sprained Ankle Treatments