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Kinesiotape As an Option to Alleviate Pain

Julie GalvanBY Julie Galvan, CMT

One of my favorite tools in my ‘tool box of healing’ is kinesiotape. If you watch the Olympics, you may have seen this on some of the athletes. It is often used for athletes but is also used in physical therapy.

The 2 most common ways that it is used is to support ligaments and tendons that are inflamed for whatever reason. The other is to assist the lymphatic system in areas it is congested. I also use it to support fascia and organs.

Some examples of how I have used this with consistent success are: taping the sinuses, the lymphatic drainage for the sinuses, lower leg, arms, and neck. Taping for the shoulders and clavicle and rib pain have also had a great track record. As well as for disc instability, knee pain and sacroiliac joint pain. It goes on. I’ve also used it after I’ve released some restrictions in the organs and use the tape to support the change that stays on for a few hours. It can be an effective on nerve pain as well.

Those of you with Lyme Disease you may have one or many of these reasons to need this kind of support. Recently, one of my patients described it as being like a “hug”. It can offer support and in doing so reduce the stress on the joint, lymph [Read more…]

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Techniques to Use at Home To Stimulate Lymphatic Drainage

By Julie Galvan CMT

The primary function of the lymphatic system is to keep the fluids equalized throughout your body. It also works closely  with your immune system. You’ve experienced this when your lymph nodes increase in size when you are sick. There is no pump for the  lymph fluid so we need to work to get a sluggish lymph system going. For some people these techniques to stimulate the lymph system are only needed to get it started, while others need to do these on a regular basis. [Read more…]