We have all seen it. Athletes covered in bright stripes of blue or pink. This is not part of their regular uniform, but a taping application known as Kinesio-tape. Kinesio derives from Latin for moving, and this tape differs from a traditional approach to taping in that it allows the muscles and joints that it surrounds to move.

Athletes covered in Kinesio-tape

Kinesio-tape is used as a rehabilitation-focused taping technique that facilitates the body’s healing while stabilizing and supporting muscles and joints without restriction to the body’s range of motion. Kinesio-tape also extends the in-office soft tissue mobilization performed at HALO Clinic.

Known benefits of Kinesiotaping:

  • Orthopedic
  • Neuromuscular
  • Neurological
  • Alleviates Pain
  • Facilitates Lymph Drainage (Decreases Local Swelling)

Like any therapy. The benefits are based on proper evaluation and assessment of the clinical conditions. That is why at HALO Clinic we always start with a complimentary consultation. If we believe we can help you, we do a paid assessment. Kinesiotaping is one therapy we use to treat and support applicable health conditions successfully. Kinesio-tape can be applied in the rehabilitative and chronic phases of injury as well as for injury prevention.

We have treated and supported many conditions with Kinesio-taping at HALO clinic in Calgary. Some of those conditions where we have used Kinesio-taping as part of our treatment approach include the following:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Arm Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ergonomic and Posture Problems
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Head Forward Posture
  • Hip Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Whiplash

The Next time you see an athlete covered in tape enjoying their sport, know that you could be as well.

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Benefits of Soft Tissue Massage

Benefits of Soft Tissue Massage 

by Christine Webb RMT

There are numerous health benefits achieved when receiving a soft tissue massage.

It is far more than self-indulgence; it is a brilliant health investment in you.

Soft tissue massage includes a range of massage depths, pressure and duration, working to relieve tension in muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.

Many health insurance plans cover massage therapy as a result of its recognized benefit to overall health

Even the gentle, soothing nature of Swedish style massage with long flowing strokes and pressure that is “just right” vs forcefully deep, helps to reduce the damaging effects of the stress hormone Cortisol.

Benefits Include:

Decrease Muscle Pain

Soft tissue massage is an effective way to alleviate muscular pain. 

When long hours at work start creating pain, regular massage treatments can help counter the effects of stress, sleep loss and long hours on the computer. The good news is the absence of pain makes it easier for you to be productive at work and happier at home too.

Improves Circulation

Massage brings helpful circulation to damaged, stiff or tense muscles, providing them with the abundant blood supply they need to promote healing. Massage also improves lymphatic flow and strengthens your immune system.

Decrease Muscle Tension

Many aspects of current life can be stressful. We often hold that stress as tension in our body, resulting in pain and discomfort which then causes further stress!

Our neck, shoulders and low back are common stress/pain areas. Massage therapy is a natural, pleasurable and time effective way to deal with this.

Relaxation, i.e. absence of muscle tension is essential for one’s well being. Stress in people’s lives is on the rise. With regular soft tissue massage, you can relax your body and your mind.

Reduced muscle tension promotes deeper longer sleep.

Even the Mayo clinic recognizes that sleep quality issues can be helped by massage therapy.

Mental Health

Mental Health has become a topic of global awareness. Reducing stress and anxiety becomes part of the solution.

The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry published a study highlighting that massage decreased depression and anxiety, and increased happiness.

Furthermore, pain can be a trigger source of anxiety, hostility, tension, and depression. Consistent massage sessions can help alleviate this.


Headaches are often related to neck and shoulder muscle tension. Massage therapy is a proven way to help relieve neck and head pain. Water intake is an often-overlooked part of headaches as well. Eight glasses a day is the base recommendation


Preventative care is the best way to maintain your emotional and physical well-being.

We look forward to having you become a regular receiver of massage therapy and its many benefits.