Muscle and Ligament Tears
As I was reckless in my past as an athlete, I have many issues still lingering in my muscles and ligaments. I’m currently dealing with 14 muscle and ligament tears from old injuries. Most of these tears, some as old as 20 years, I have discovered due to re-injury in current day.
Muscle injuries are frequent in high demand sports, accounting for 10% to 55% of all acute sports injuries.1 In the U.S. alone, tendon, ligament, and joint capsular injuries account for 45% of the 32 million musculoskeletal injuries each year. 2
The good news is that these lingering injuries can easily be found and healed with kinetic taping and LED light therapy.
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2.) Functional efficacy of tendon repair processes. Butler DL, Juncosa N, Dressler MR, Annu Rev Biomed Eng. 2004; 6():303-29.[PubMed]
Finding Tears and Taping
Using kinetic tape is both an art and a science. It first takes assessing the area that has an unstable joint resulting from over-stretched ligaments or finding the indentation, or dent in a muscle to see the damage of severity of the tear.
How does one know they have a tear? The classic sensation of a tear is shooting, sharp pain. It can also feel like a tingling sensation. The pain can radiate up or down to another part of the body. And sadly, it can also be painless even though one has “never been well” since this injury happened.
A ligament or muscle tear will heal partially, but not completely, without the use of kinetic tape. The tape allows the muscle or ligament to “take a break” and rest. The kinetic tape acts as an artificial muscle or ligament.
The size of the muscle tear and the severity of the ligament tear will dictate how long it will take to heal.
The tape without medicinal properties is water-resistant and can remain on the skin for 3 to 5 days.1 Taping is easy and effective for helping one relieve pain.
In a study for myofascial pain control, significant improvement in pain and disability was noted in the taping group after one to two weeks.1
1.) The Kinesio Taping Method for Myofascial Pain Control. Wei-Ting Wu, Chang-Zern Hong, Li-Wei Chou, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Hindawi, 8 March 2015.