Wow, the end comes near and that can only mean finals, which usually involves a lot of coffee, all nighters and cramming. Even though I try to keep up with my studies on a weekly basis, it never fails that I usually end up falling behind around midterms and try to play catch up. But, I am used to it and everything ends up well, except for my sanity :0 Hee, hee.

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Last week, I attended a Kinesio Taping demonstration held for acupuncture students by Dr. Manuel Duarte. Dr. Duarte is a chiropractic physician in the National clinic for the DC students.  

Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting range of motion. It promotes blood flow, which helps relieve pain and increase healing time while protecting the muscles. It is also used for preventive maintenance and edema. It uses an elastic tape that is already stretched on the roll to provide even more flexibility to the skin but it also durable enough to withstand sweat and water from a shower. 

Kinesio Taping is a technique based on the body's own natural healing process. This Kinesio Taping exhibits its efficacy through the activation of neurological and circulatory systems. This method basically stems from the science of Kinesiology, hence the name "Kinesio." Muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control the circulation of venous and lymph flows, body temperature, etc. Therefore, the failure of the muscles to function properly induces various kinds of symptoms.  

Dr. Duarte demonstrated how to tape a the foot of a patient with planter fasciitis. We also learned how to tape a patient's knee that has instability or a valgus stress syndrome, which will affect the patient's quad muscles and the motion of the tibia and hips. We also learned how to tape the rhomboids of the upper back to help with posture. This seminar was free and much appreciated. We don't learn this type of rehab in our classes so it was very kind of Dr. Duarte to take his lunch hour to teach us. 

Good luck on finals everyone and see you next tri!!

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