I recently attended a kinesiotaping class sponsored by BSN Medical and taught by Louise Danielli. Louise has co-developed and teaches Neuro-Proprioceptive Taping for Lymphedema using Leukotape® K by BSN Medical.
The class was dynamic and interactive. There was a lecture portion in the morning and after a good lunch that was included in the price of the workshop we had the opportunity to do hands on work with Leukotape® K.
I learned that neuro-proprioceptive taping has a number of ingenious applications for lymphedema. The tape itself is specially made to lightly lift the skin and move with the patient. This skin stimulation has the effect of creating a space where the lymphatics are lightly stimulated and lymphatic fluid flow is encouraged. This helps to gently amplify the lymphatic drainage from a saturated area to a lymphatic territory that can absorb and process this excess fluid.
In addition to serving as an adjunct to lymphedema treatment, Leukotape® K also has many applications in more orthopedic cases. The tape can be used for joint support, pain relief and muscle inhibition or facilitation, either holding muscles in place or helping them move more easily, depending on how tape is applied.
Louise has had experience with many kinds of neuro-proprioceptive tape, and she spoke very highly of Leukotape® K as having superior adhesive qualities. She also explained that the fact that Leukotape® K is also available in three different sizes makes it especially versatile. By choosing the most appropriate size, the practitioner can save time that might be spent cutting larger widths down to size. The availability of a wider size also gives the opportunity to use the tape in more supportive applications over larger muscle groups using fewer strips.
The class was inspiring and energizing. As a therapist I look forward to using tape as another tool in finding the best solutions for my patients.
To find out more about BSN’s Leukotape® K visit our website here. To find out about taking a class to learn about this application, practitioners should contact their local BSN medical representative.