K Tape

The tape seems to be everywhere at this years Olympics and the athletes are not one bit shy about wearing it. From the buttocks to the groin, many of these high performance athletes are turning to the benefits of the sticky colored kinesio tape.

If there is anyone on the planet that can be a spokesman on the benefits of kinesio tape, it is the Olympic athlete. Although the weekend warrior and desk jockey can also benefit from kinesio tape. There are many benefits to the tape, other than just looking cool.

As a Denver chiropractor, I utilize kinesio taping in Denver (k tape) on a daily basis and phenomenal results. My most recent observation of the tapes helpfulness was a nasty case of bilateral tarsal tunnel syndrome that is responding quite well. With in three weeks, I had two relatively young men find my office, both with the same condition, and both being at the end of their ropes.

Both men had seen numerous podiatrists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, and had MRI’s, and nerve conduction velocity tests. None of them could help. This is unfortunate, because both had been relegated to not being helped with out surgery, and that was not even a sure bet.

Luckily they found our clinic, Denver Chiropractic, LLC that is in Denver, CO that specializes in a multitude of conservative techniques. We did a multi-facet approach where we utilized the Graston Technique, followed by k taping the tarsal tunnel, using a G5 on the lower extremity, topped off with adjustments to the ankle and feet. Both men are responding quite well, with the first fellow at 90% normal with only 3 treatments.

I could go on and on about individual success stories, but what is important is that kinesio tape does help for a variety of conditions. Our body is similar to a rubber band, in that has elasticity. Sometimes parts of our bodies elasticity changes, and the tape helps to restore the elasticity just enough for the body to allow it heal itself.

Our Denver chiropractor, Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC, who is trained in kinesio taping can help you with your injuries. The taping techniques can be easily taught to where you can apply the tape to yourself at home.

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Kinesio tape is an exceptional form of therapy that decreases healing time, and helps improve performance. K tape usually lasts 4-6 days, it is waterproof, and it can be applied to almost all body parts for a wide variety of conditions. I like to use the tape for denver car accidents, back pain, neck pain, and of course sports injuries.

Kinesio tape is becoming more of a standard than an exception. This is because people are realizing the benefits of the tape. Try it and see how you respond to the tape.

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211

303-455-2225 (BACK)

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Ankle Sprain Treatment Denver

Kinesio Tape For Denver Ankle Sprain


I know people that have never completely recovered from their initial ankle sprain because they never had the ankle looked at by a professional. Unfortunately for some, an ankle sprain will lead to fear avoidance behavior. Meaning, they are overly cautious how they use their ankle, because of fear that the same injury will occur. This is typically a person that has never sought ankle sprain treatment in Denver and was never properly rehabilitated.

Ankle sprains are common, and they do not, and should not prevent you from returning to your sport or recreational activity. Mild and moderate sprains can be treated very successfully by the chiropractor. I’ve had great results with treating mild and moderate sprains. Any severe sprains, where there is absolute loss of any movement, should be referred to the orthopedist. Some sprains can also have underlying fractures, so it is imperative that a doctor of chiropractic, or any other specialist evaluate your ankle as soon as possible.

After a thorough evaluation, ankle sprain treatment in Denver could consist of any number of therapies. One therapy in particular, for ankle inversion / eversion sprains, is extremity joint manipulation. I find adjusting the ankle to be quite effective at helping to restore nomal function to an injured and dysfunctional area. When an injury occurs to a joint, the muscles surrounding the joint will splint and alter the motion of the joint. I have found that restoring the motion of the joints through joint manipulation, profoundly speeds up the healing time.

After getting the ankle joints and surrounding joints to a state where they are working better, I typically use kinesio tape to help with drainage of the inflammatory products. If the sprain happens during a sporting event where the athlete needs to participate, I will adjust and then use athletic tape and a local topical analgesic to get them back in play. So, timing and circumstances will also dictate the type of treatment given.

Other treatments in the early and late stages of the sprain include:

* Protect with athletic tape, removable air cast, loose lace up support
* Rest – possible use of crutches, but wean ASAP
* Ice – 20 min on, 1 hour intervals to control inflammation, this is most important for the first 24 hours
* Compression – elastic wrap or sleeve
* Elevate – helps control swelling
* Pain free active range of motion (can use slushy bucket), tilt your ankle up and down and side to side, the movement will help control swelling, will help prevent muscle splinting, and will help get blood to the area (we heal with what’s in our blood – so eat healthy!)
* Cold Laser – Speeds up Mitochondrial ATP production
* Pulsed ultra sound indirect in cold water
* Electrotherapy – helps with pain control and will also indirectly decrease muscle splinting
* Kinesio tape – help with inflammatory fluid drainage, will also help restore normal muscle tension, restore appropriate nervous system feedback to help improve proprioception (that is how your body knows where it is in space)
* Osseous Manipulation – Get adjusted! It is a very safe procedure, and it feels great – give it a shot! This will dramatically affect alignment of your joints, help allow correct muscle tension on the joints, and wil help restore normal muscle receptor feedback ( golgi tendons and muscle spindles ) to your brain.
* Anti – inflam nutrition – Vitamin C @ 1,000mg to 3,000mg per day, 1,500 mg to 3,000mg of EPA/DHA, Bromalain at 2,000mg per day.
* Alternate heat and ice after the first two days of injury
* Isometric exercises – contract the different muscle of the foot without moving your foot
* Continue weight bearing walking
* Running in swimming pool
* Ice after exercise
* Toe raises – flat ground – progress to step
* Balance drills – wobble board, rocker board, balance sandals ( this is a huge area and lots of different exercises can be done with theses tools ) doing these drills will help you regain your confidence that your ankle is back to normal.
* late rehab includes more balance and coordination drills

So, there is a ton of therapies that can be done to fix your once new ankle. This information is no substitute for a visit to the doctor. Go to a pro and get yourself looked at for ankle sprain treatment in Denver, you will be glad you did. Your return to the living will be much quicker. I gurantee it!

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211


kinesio tape application in denver co

I wouldn’t recommend you taping your bumper back to your car with Kinesio tape, but I would recommend you taping your swollen knee, or problematic shoulder. As a denver chiropractor, many people walk through my door with various injuries seeking help. Upon completion of a thorough history and exam, I sometimes recommend the application of Kinesio Tex Tape. The tape is a great way to continue therapy outside the clinic and has versatility in therapeutic application.

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I found the tape very effective with a multitude of conditions and patient satisfaction is very high. I wanted to write a short blurb, I mean blog, about what Kinesio tape hype is all about and how you could benefit from its properties. It is very common for the patient to ask, “What is kinesio tape”? I typically show them some pictures, give them a short story about another patients experience, and answer any questions they may have.

Here it is in a nut shell. The tape has an elastic quality similar to the elasticity of the skin. It is water resistant and usually lasts around 3-6 days depending on your level of activity. Categorically, it can be used to help with mechanical recoil, hold fascia in place, skin lifting, ligament/tendon pressure stimulation, assist or limit motion, and lymphatic channeling.

Some conditions that respond well.
* AC joint problems
* Tendonitis/Tendonosis
* ACL issues
* Strains/Sprains
* Bursitis
* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
* Spondylitisdenver chiropractor using kinesio tape
* Chondromalacia
* Dequervains
* Joint laxity
* Frozen Shoulder
* Hammer Toe
* Headaches
* ITB syndrome
* Swollen areas
* Bruises
* Meniscus problems
* Sciatica
* Rotator cuff problems
* Shin Splints
* Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
* Piriformis Syndrome
* Scoliosis
* Plantar Fascitis
* Osgood-Schlatter


This is just a small partial list of conditions that respond well to the tape. How it works is a bit more involved, and takes some background knowledge of anatomy. In general, the tape physically moves tissue to a desired position or helps stimulate different types of receptors found in the skin and joints. The external stimuli of the tape picked up by various sensors/receptors helps influence the central nervous systems response in a beneficial way.

Feel free to share this article or ask any particular questions.

To Your Health,

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211


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