Research Results In many ways, kinesiology taping and foot orthotics share the same goals: to control and encourage proper movement patterns. It only makes sense that they are often used together in the clinic. Here are a few ways to successfully incorporate taping into your orthotic evaluation and prescriptions. A tape application is not only a treatment but a pretest of how effective an orthotic will be at managing your patient. You can see if a patient has flat feet, but it is difficult to determine visually how much of your patient’s dysfunction can be corrected with a foot orthotic.
Clinical Concerns Pain is the most common reason athletes seek medical treatment. Sore muscles and joints are not only physically annoying but they hinder training—and ultimately performance. Research tells us that pain and nociception alter motor output, which can lead to dysfunction in the injured area as well as elsewhere throughout the body. Pain is complicated. It involves a number of factors—including a person’s mood, memories, genetics, and expectations. These are in addition to the noxious stimulus itself, which sends a threatening signal to the brain (nociception).
Feature When Kyle Prusso, DC, graduated from chiropractic college, he couldn’t afford to open a new practice, so he went to work at his father’s construction company. He pulled up to a home one day to build an addition—not knowing it was the residence of the head athletic trainer for the Oakland Raiders football team. Prusso got to know the trainer’s wife, and she convinced her husband to meet with Prusso. When he talked to him the trainer liked what he heard. Shortly thereafter he invited Prusso to work with the team. Since 2005, he’s been the team’s head chiropractor.