Cherry Estilo, physical therapist, left, and Kayla Weelborg, occupational therapist assistant, with the Cherry Estilo, physical therapist, left, and Kayla Weelborg, occupational therapist assistant, with the Kinesio tapeKinesio® tape

Two therapists at Life Care Center of Waynesville, Missouri, recently earned certification in the Kinesio Taping® method.

 

Cherry Estilo, physical therapist, and Kayla Weelborg, occupational therapist assistant, passed their Kinesio Taping® certification exams on Jan. 9, 2017.

 

The method uses a special tape placed strategically along the joints and muscles to provide a very slight lift to the skin, which creates better circulation. Benefits of Kinesio Taping include pain management, musculature support and reduction of inflammation.

 

“I went to a Kinesio for Geriatrics course, and it was intriguing,” said Weelborg.

 

Weelborg thought the method might be helpful for her rehab patients and started doing more research and experimentation.

 

“I used the tape on myself, and I could tell that it would really stabilize the joints,” said Weelborg.

 

Weelborg got Estilo interested in pursuing certification with her, and the two of them were lab partners for the first two of three certification courses. They took what they learned from each session back with them and shared ideas for applying the method to their patients.

 

Since completing the training, the ladies have seen success with their inpatients and outpatients alike.

 

One of the most remarkable results was for a patient with an impingement on her radial nerve.

 

“I had an outpatient who initially had a 10 out of 10 pain,” said Weelborg. “I taped her, and that immediately reduced the pain to half. Within two treatments of taping, her pain was gone.”

 

Other diagnoses the therapists have treated with the Kinesio tape include edema, tendonitis, sprained ankles, lower back pain and stroke. For stroke patients, the taping helps reduce foot drop and shoulder joint instability.

 

“The patients really like it,” said Estilo. “They can usually tell a difference by the second day. They can move around better, and they can sleep better.”