What is Kinesio Tape®?
Kinesio Taping is a state-of-the-art taping method utilizing a flexible material to support soft tissues. Kinesio Taping has been highlighted at the 2008 Olympic Games and the NCAA playoff series.
What does Kinesio Taping entail?
Kinesio Taping begins with a thorough assessment of the injuries soft tissues. The tape can be applied to promote lymphatic drainage to acute injuries, inhibit overworked structures and stimulate weakened structures. The overall goal of Kinesio Taping is to enhance the natural healing process along the patient to maintain their normal activities. For athletes, this means they can actually stimulate healing while they continue to play.
Why is the assessment important?
Kinesio Tape® is a flexible cotton material with a latex-free adhesive backing. Depending on the application it can be used to support structures, facilitate soft tissues or inhibit soft tissues. A correct biomechanical evaluation of the joint complex (joint, joint capsule, tendons and muscles) is vital to successful treatment with Kinesio Tape. An incorrect application using inappropriate tape or erroneous direction or tension will offer no help or may irritate the existing injury.
I was referred to Dr. McNally for evaluation and treatment of pain due to patellofemoral syndrome that was refactory to several rounds of physical therapy and three arthroscopies. Her approach has been more comprehensive, holistic & preventive than that of any other clinician I have seen, as she has focused on areas outside of the knee (foot, ankle, hip) that have been contributing to, and in some cases causing my knee pain. In addition to focused treatments, I have worked with her personal trainer in her practice who has not only developed a personalized corrective exercise routine, but has taken the time to ensure that my technique is correct. I am happy to say that due to Dr. McNally's care & expertise, my symptoms have greatly improved and I have been able to return to work without restriction. Dr. McNally's outstanding clinical skills as well as her professional, caring and encouraging demeanor make her a special and unique clinician. Her approach is simple, but effective - educate the patient about his/her ailment and empower the patient to be an active participant to his/her treatment. Her practice is efficient and her staff is always courteous and welcoming.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Alpert Medical School
Jason Aliotta, MD