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kinesio tape for dystonia
« Thread started on: Aug 7th, 2004, 08:02am »

hi all. just wanted to let you know of a no-med option that works to decrease the pain of dytonia and actually relaxes the dystonic muscles. i have been working with a pt who uses kinesio tape. it is a tape that is apparently used quite widely in european countrieswith athletes/althletic injuries. it is used to decrease pain and can be used to increase or decrease muscle tone depending on how it is applied. our pt's use it mainly with kids with cp, on people who have had knee surgery, folks who have had stokes and have decreased movement due to pain...and now with me. i have talked with one of the reps at the company that sells the tape and he indicates that the pt i am working with an one other that he knows of in the us have been experimenting with use on folks with pd and finding good results. for me it has been a god-send and after figuring out what workd best, in terms of applying it, the pt has been able to teach my familyhow to put it on and i can do some areas myself. it may be worth a try for some of you who struggle with painful dystonia - or pain in general related to pd. the tape is soft and flexible. it feels like your own skin when on. you can leave it on for 3-5 days, shower or bath with it on (it takes a little while to dry afterwords. is pretty nonintrusive. if you are interested in more info, i can try to scan and post the info i have on it or just let me know how i can be of help. best bet is to check with a pt to see if they are familiar with it and our pt here says she is willing to talk with others about how we are using it and what works...
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« Reply #1 on: Oct 23rd, 2004, 9:05pm »

Please send information on the tape....I'm having some truly painful dystonia in the ankles/ lower legs which makes walking almost impossible. Would appreciate anything that may help.
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« Reply #2 on: Oct 23rd, 2004, 9:37pm »

Linda....

Go to this website: The Kinesio Taping Association
http://kinesiotaping.com/Page.asp?CustComKey=35549&CategoryKey=35551

You really should talk to Denise about the tape. I'll alert her to your message. From talking with Denise myself, I do know that it is very helpful to her. Her physical therapist received training in how to apply the tape and has taught her how to apply it to herself. The tape can stay on for several days even through showers.

If you go to Denise's page on the Edge site, you will see photos of her wearing the tape. http://www.edgeoftheforest.com/denise.htm

Good luck, Judith
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 24th, 2004, 8:33pm »

linda -
i have been using the kinesio tape on a pretty steady basis for the past 8 months or more. it has been very helpful for me with regard to dytonia (it can help the muscles relax) and significantly decreases the pain that i have from what feels like constant charlie horses in my muscles. we have used it on my arms, legs, back and on my ribs. i recently had a fall which resulted in a painful sprain and we taped that too in an effort to decrease pain, which helped alot. i have some materials that might be helpful. if you are working with a physical therapist, i would certainly be willing to share the name and number of the pt i work with as she has good insight into what works, how to apply the tape to relax the muscles, etc. if you want to send a separate e-mail, you can do so at megamore@btinet.net. good luck! denise
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