I have went over my medical history with my Massage Therapist and understand the contraindications listed. I have went over all of the following information with my Massage Therapist and give consent to receiving Kinesiology Taping. I will monitor the area taped and will be responsible for un-taping an area if needed due to any of the following reasons.
Taping Precautions and Contraindications
The Removal of the Tape
Kinesiology Tape and its methods of use have been around for decades. It didn't make headlines until the media notices athletes in the 2008 Olympic games sporting the tape for its unique health benefits. It has been found that Kinesiology Tape used in conjunction with different wrapping techniques can promote healing, aid in alleviating pain, and support certain muscle groups during sports activities.
Kinesiology Tape is designed to help promote the body’s natural healing process and to facilitate or inhibit muscular contraction. Kinesiology Tape has been proven to have a positive physiological effect on skin, lymphatic and circulatory systems, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It may also be used in conjunction with other therapeutic and rehabilitative treatments. It is breathable and waterproof so can be left on for several days to allow for uninterrupted therapeutic benefits.
Top Benefits of Using Kinesiology Tape
This method is used to help normalize the function of muscles and other connective tissues. Kinesiology Taping uses elastic tape rather than the rigid tape traditionally used in sports medicine. The elastic properties of this tape help in many ways:
Kinesio taping was initiated in the 1970s in Japan by Dr. Kenso Kase. Dr. Kase was intrigued by kinesiology and conservative ways of treating traumatized soft tissue. Working with tape and technique developments, Dr. Kase accomplished his goal: to have patients experience immediate improvement after one visit.
Benefits of Cupping
Contraindications (reasons not to receive cupping therapy or to seek doctor approval)
Cupping is contraindicated in cases of severe diseases, such as cardiac failure, renal failure, ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis and severe edema, as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic pupura, hemophilia and leukemia, and clients with dermatosis, destruction of skin, or allergic dermatitis.
Cupping should not be applied on an area where a hernia exists or has occurred in the past.
For pregnant women, work on the lower abdomen, inner side of the leg and sacral (tail bone) region should be avoided. Also, if you have never received a cupping treatment, you should wait until the 2nd trimester to receive your first treatment.
If you are unsure whether or not a condition you have may be contraindicated, please first consult your doctor.
Cupping Therapy affects the body the same as a deep tissue massage. You may experience Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness that will be akin to a long hard workout. However, the feel of cupping is not as intense as deep tissue massage. Thanks to the nature of negative pressure therapy, the work is deep without being painful although occasionally it can be uncomfortable. Remember to check in with your therapist to make sure the therapy is within your personal comfort level.
If you are on blood thinners, are a hemophiliac, diabetic, or have high or low blood pressure, shorter, lighter techniques are recommended and must be used for your overall wellness. Those with low blood pressure should warn the therapist ahead of time as you'll need extra time to rest before rising after a treatment and accomodations will need to be made.