Neck and Shoulder
The neck is clearly a vital component of our anatomy due to
its responsibility for connecting our brain to the rest of the
body. Everything that passes through the neck is vital and
relies heavily on proper function of the musculoskeletal
system to protect and support these structures.
Stress is stored in these muscles and can cause headaches,
shoulder pain, and other damaging compensations. Sitting at
a computer all day, looking down while running, whiplash,
sleeping poorly, or sudden movements and changes in
direction are also common causes of neck pain.
Factors include muscle strain, ligament sprains, arthritis,
spinal subluxations, pinched nerves, knots or adhesions,
and countless other musculoskeletal complications.
The pain is usually not only felt in the neck itself,
but also into the base of the neck and the shoulders.
Generally the pain can be categorized into two conditions: muscle strain or myofascial strain.
Muscle strain can occur when there is an injury to the muscles of the neck, causing spasm of the cervical and upper back muscles. The strain may result from the physical stresses of everyday life, including poor posture, muscle tension from psychological stress, or poor sleeping habits. Typically symptoms include pain, stiffness, and tightness in the upper back or shoulder. Myofascial pain causes tight and tender areas of muscle that are sensitive to pressure. Myofascial pain in the neck can develop after trauma or with other medical conditions such as psychological stress, depression, or insomnia.
KT Tape alleviates pain by relaxing the muscles, providing support, increasing circulation around the affected area, as well as reducing pressure on the myofascial tender spots – all to promote the body’s natural healing processes. Generally individuals will feel immediate support and pain relief upon taping.
Consider complimentary measures as well. Try posture improvement, massage, chiropractic adjustments, and ice. KT Tape will relieve the pain and help assist in proper posture, but please seek care if pain becomes severe, there is a loss in movement, or symptoms get worse. Use beige KT Tape if you don’t want to have colors visible during more formal times.
Posterior Knee Pain
Pain at the back of the knee can be caused by many issues including hamstring tendonitis, a baker’s cyst, popliteal tendonitis, and other conditions causing swelling or inflammation. These conditions have many causes ranging from genetic to overuse. In any case, continuing to engage in extensive physical activity without rest or treatment would exacerbate the problem. Use this application to increase blood flow to the area and relieve the pressure. Increasing blood flow will help to reduce inflammation, and reducing the pressure will help with the pain and aid in avoiding compensation injuries.
Whatever the cause of your pain at the back of the knee, the effects of KT Tape will benefit you. Use this application in combination with the full knee support application for maximum effect.