Friday, July 23, 2010

How To Get Started Using Kinesio Taping In Your Chiropractic Clinic

Kinesio Tex Tape and SpiderTech Tape are very popular and have been seen everywhere on elite and amateur athletes since the 2008 Summer Olympics. Kinesiology Tape has been around for a long time and used very successfully to help treat many muscle and joint injuries, however the media publicity was at its highest when scantily clad Olympic beach volleyball players were seen with Kinesiology Tape on their shoulders, knees, ankles, and backs.

Kinesiology Tape is an elastic therapeutic tape that was first seen in the 1970s when Kinesio Tex Tape was invented by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a Japanese chiropractor. It is made from a cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive and is designed to mimic the qualities of human skin.

Kinesiology Tape is applies over muscles and joints and can help reduce pain, reduce inflammation, relax tired muscles, support the muscles, all while still allowing for full range of motion.

So how does one get starting using Kinesiology Tape in practice? First one must find out how to get reimbursed for using the tape. The "ChiroCode DeskBook 18th Edition 2010" says "The Kinesio® Taping Association can not guarantee that the use of these codes will result in payment. It is the responsibility of the Practitioner to bill appropriately for services and to check with Medicare or other healthcare insurance companies if there are questions. Reimbursement results will vary with regards to the state the practitioner is in and the insurance companies dealt with."

What are the Codes for Kinesio Taping?

29200 - Thorax           
29240 - Shoulder
29260 - Elbow or Wrist          
29280 - Hand or Finger           
29520 - Hip    
29530 - Knee 
29540 - Ankle and/or Foot
29550 - Toes

Please consult the "ChiroCode" Book, your state chiropractic association, or call the insurance companies to find out what they will cover. Be prepared to appeal insurance denials with letters of necessity, because they have been known to deny the payment hoping you will not take the time to appeal.

Next, I would take the time to learn how to properly use the Kinesiology tape in your office. There are many companies offering seminars and certifications that will get in prepared in just one weekend. You can also purchase a taping manual or DVD to study on your own. Two good manuals are "Illustrated Kinesio Taping Method Manual Book," and "Clinical Therapeutic Applications Of The Kinesio Taping Method Book."

Kinesiology Tape can be a very valuable tool to add to your practice and has shown to be very successful in helping to manage many types of musculoskeletal injuries. ChiropracticOutfitters.com carries a Kinesio Tape Starter Kit and a SpiderTech Starter kit that can easily and quickly get you started.

Douglas Yost