What is Kinesio-taping?


Kinesio-taping is a commonly used form of support taping applied to the muscles and joints of the body. There’s a good chance you will have seen this brightly coloured tape on a friend or colleague or through its wide use across many sports including football, tennis and swimming. Tape is normally applied by a trained health and fitness professional and can stay in place anything from 24 hours up to one week. The tape can stay in place after bathing or swimming and its breathable elastic properties mean it is generally well tolerated by the skin.


The theory behind kinesio-taping suggests that it works via its unique elastic properties lifting the skin to improve fluid movement and alleviate pain. A suggested mechanism of how this works is the alleviation of pressure on pain receptors interrupting the normal transmission of pain signals to the spinal cord. Other popular notions suggest that application of kinesio-tape can help stimulate and strengthen a weakened muscle or relax and release a stiff or tightened muscle depending on the level of tension applied to the tape. It may also offer support and restriction of movement when this is required as part of treating injured tissues or joints.

Kinesio-taping application for shoulder support







What’s the evidence?


As Physiotherapists and health professionals it is central to good practice that we seek out solid evidence to support the use of any therapy or treatment. Kinesio taping falls almost entirely into a category of little to no hard scientific evidence supporting its use. There have been numerous studies and systematic reviews of the evidence that conclude that kinesio-taping offers little to no clinically significant benefit. It appears most of the evidence and positive reviews from patients and health professionals to support kinesio-taping are anecdotal or based on single case reports or small samples.


Kinesio-taping application wrist and thumb support










Should I use kinesio-taping?


Despite the clear lack of evidence for its use the spread of kinesio-taping throughout health and sport practices does not appear to be waning. As a Physiotherapist with more than 10 years in clinical practice I have been officially trained and certified as a kinesio-tape practitioner and while I recognise the lack of hard clinical evidence I do still have a place for using kinesio-taping in my practice.


There is no clear evidence that proves any clinical risk in using kinesio-taping and anecdotally within practice I have had many patients report a sense of support or relief associated with the tape application. There may well be an element of placebo effect here but as long as that effect is positive and the potential benefits or lack thereof have been openly and realistically explained to patients then I see no issue with kinesio-tape use as part of a bigger clinical picture.


The use of kinesio-taping should not be considered as a complete treatment for any injury or condition and patients should understand it has limited evidence. Kinesio-taping should be considered as one aspect of treatment and any practitioner using it should be able to provide a rationale for doing so even if this comes down to personal clinical experience over specific evidence. Kinesio-taping should not be considered the mean to the end and should be an adjunct to support a full treatment and rehabilitation plan based on careful evidence based clinical assessment.


Article written by Daniel Wray – Senior Physiotherapist and Director at Physio Effect

The dedicated team at Physio Effect provide a full package of services that will ensure you’re supported through your pain management, injury prevention, assessment, recovery and helping you achieve your ultimate performance goals. We offer a range of services including Physiotherapy, Kinesio-taping, Dry Needling, Sports Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Pilates, Yoga and Mobility classes.


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Referral Cards Week! Earn 25% discount for you and a friend!

It’s Referral Cards week here at Physio Effect – if you’ve an appointment with a Physio they may give you a referral card to give to a friend, family member or colleague!

How it works:

  • The card will have your name on it, as well as an expiry date 3 months from the date of your appointment.
  • Your friend can bring the card with them when they come for their first appointment with Physio Effect to get 25% discount on the cost of their first appointment (it can be used for Massage or Physio Appointments only) – if they mention they have a card when they book, it’d be really handy and we can set the discount up on our system ahead of them arriving.
  • Then, then next time you book in for an appointment with us – you’ll get 25% off the cost of a massage or physio treatment! Win:Win!

Terms and Conditions: above points cover most terms; this offer applies to massage and physiotherapy appointments only. Refferer discount is not transferrable and must be used by the original referrer and within 3 months of the reffered person’s appointment date



Staff Profile: Jonny Kilpatrick


Name: Jonny Kilpatrick

Relevant Qualifications/ Memberships: BSc(hons) Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University, Clinical Pilates, PgDip Sports Physiotherapy from the University of Bath, Certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy, Acupuncture and Clinical Pilates Instructor (APPI)

Services Provided: Physiotherapy, Sports Injury and Performance Enhancement

How long have you been practising?: 10 years

Please explain the service you provide in your own words: I pride myself on offering my patients thorough and accurate assessments and, more importantly, an understanding of their injury or problem. By taking the time to help them understand their problem I see them engage with the treatment process and we achieve better outcomes together. My treatments can involve a wide variety of techniques and approaches that have been proven to be effective through years of practice experience treating everyone from sedentary desk workers to elite-level athletes.

What’s the best thing about doing what you do?: Everyday I get to problem solve puzzles that result in massive improvements to my patients’ quality of life and general wellbeing. No matter what the problem or goal of treatment, it is always very pleasing to hear that you helped.

What excites you about working at Physio Effect?: I love that we are expanding the services we offer to our customers. We have always provided an excellent standard of hands-on physiotherapy injury management but had previously been unable to offer in-house services such as clinical pilates, massage, yoga etc. Our new clinic has allowed us to add these services, making our injury management much more comprehensive.

What are your dreams for your service within the company in the next year or so?: As one of the company owners, I really want to develop all of the services offered at Physio Effect so that we are recognised as the obvious choice for anyone to contact if they’re in pain or looking to prevent injury.

Staff Profile: Danny Wray

The team here at Physio Effect has been growing and so we’d like to (re)introduce you all to everyone! This month, we’re starting with Danny…

Name: Daniel (Danny) Wray

Relevant Qualifications/ Memberships: BSc(hons) Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University, PgDip Sports Physiotherapy from the University of Bath, Acupuncture / Dry needling and Clinical Pilates Instructor (APPI). Kinesio-tape certified. Member of CSP and HCPC

Services Provided: Physiotherapy, Dry needling, Injury management and rehab. Performance enhancement

How long have you been practising?: since 2006

Please explain the service you provide in your own words: I provide detailed physical assessment of presenting injuries and a wide range of manual therapy treatments to help treat any condition. I also look at every patient as an individual and try to understand their specific needs and requirements. I try to consider the bigger picture for each individual including sports, occupational and functional capacity to perform at their best and set about helping them to achieve this through varied treatment and exercise based rehab.

What’s the best thing about doing what you do?: Helping someone in pain never gets old. The gratitude that people have when we are able to help relieve their pain and improve their quality of life is fantastic

What excites you about working at Physio Effect?: We are a young but ambitious company but we will always value quality of service above financial gain so our patients will always get the best and never feel ripped off or let down. I feel good about that and as we expand our services while maintaining our quality; i’m excited about the future.

What are your dreams for your service within the company in the next year or so?: I want Physio Effect to be the number one go-to company for all sports/ occupational and day-to-day injury management throughout Glasgow. I want all of our services to be highly regarded and create a one-stop shop environment where every need of our patients can be met. I’d like us to be regarded as experts in our field


February is shoulders month here at Physio Effect – here’s Danny giving a wee run down of what goes on under the skin!

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Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy – Just what is it?

Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy uses the gentle pressure and receptive touch of the practitioner to encourage the body to heal naturally.

The soft touch used doesn’t involve any manipulation of the tissues and the client will be fully clothed on the massage table.

The biodynamic technique involves the healing process coming from within the clients system and not from the practitioner. There is always health available in a person’s body and the biodynamic approach taps into this health, so that it can assist the areas that are not functioning quite so effectively.

The purpose of this therapy is to improve the motion and flow of the craniosacral system: this system is made up of the cranium, spine, pelvis, membranes, cerebral spinal fluid and muscles that encapsulate the central nervous system (CNS). It is the core function of every human being.
When a practitioner makes a connection with the craniosacral system they can detect the natural rhythm that the system expresses. During the process of connecting, stress will be alleviated from systems of the body not only in the CNS, but also other systems including the endocrine, muscular skeletal, digestive and cardiovascular.

Physiologically the therapy focusses on listening to and feeling what the body’s system expresses through tissue and fluid motion. The practitioner can identify the natural motion of the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) that surrounds the CNS and brain. Identifying this motion can help relieve pain and tension in the body, which allows the entire system to reintegrate.

A trained Therapist will understand the negative effect that trapped and held emotions may have on the physical body; when we experience positive emotions we feel more at ease and want to smile and laugh. Whereas negative emotions like sadness, anger and loneliness, often raise our blood pressure and cause our muscles to contract, sometimes developing into trauma. Physically the human body tends to oppose negative feelings, which may result in stress becoming trapped in the tissues and CNS, leading to pain, anxiety or depression. Without treatment this pain can then lead to physical illness and weakness. The right touch in a craniosacral therapy session can assist the body to release this stress by freeing the restricted energy and enhancing fluid motion. Around every person’s body is an energy field known in craniosacral therapy as a biosphere.
This field lets us resonate with other people. This is why when we are close to a calm person, it makes us feel calm or if we are close to a stressed person it can make us feel stressed, due to the fact that we are resonating with the other person’s biosphere. There is an element of this connection in biodynamic craniosacral therapy. Practitioners are skilled in working with this connection and instead of pinpointing particular symptoms they encourage the client’s system to start their own healing process. Because of its gentle nature craniosacral therapy can be enjoyable and beneficial for all ages, from new born babies to the elderly. It is widely used for a whole range of conditions. In the elderly increased vitality and sense of wellbeing are common advantages, the delicate nature of the therapy is also a huge appeal to this age range.

New born babies often have conditions like colic, sucking problems during breast feeding and restless nights where they seem agitated, Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy can ease all of these complications.

A practitioner provides a safe environment where the client feels comfortable, in control and feels that they can influence changes that may happen throughout a session. Clients are encouraged to engage with the therapist whenever a sensation is felt. This discussion will help the client to become more bodily aware. After the session has ended the body is still reintegrating and making adjustments, so often we can feel either fatigued or full of energy after a treatment. Many people use this therapy as a preventative measure, alongside other healthy lifestyle choices, to keep their physical, emotional and spiritual health in good condition.

Happy Christmas from all at Physio Effect!!


Happy Christmas to you all! As a big thank you to all our wonderful customers, we’re planning a massive 12 Days of Xmas giveaway running from December 25th until January 5th!

Please keep an eye out on our facebook page from Christmas morning to take part and win yourself and your friends some fab goodies!!

We’d really love this to be a super-popular campaign, so please invite your friends to like the page so everyone gets a chance to win something!!

Thanks so much and have a wonderful holiday season from all at Physio Effect!

All the Mobility Aids!

Keep Mobile with the Physio Effect Team!

For those of you who are familiar with our Class Timetable, you’ll know we’re not just about physiotherapy services here, but we offer Pilates (both Clinical and Regular) as well as yoga and mobility classes…

Trigger point Wellness Collection - RRP £99
Trigger point Wellness Collection – RRP £99


The mobility classes run in 4-week block and are led by Khi, our resident myofascial release torturer instructor 🙂

If you’re interested in booking in for the mobility classes, please get in touch and you may want to have a look at our range of mobility aids too!




Physio Effect Staff night out!

The Physio Effect team is off on a night out tomorrow night – we wanted something fun and reasonably active and then some nice food and in the end settled on a Live Escape game followed by some Japanese cuisine!

Anyway – the Live Escape didn’t happen to have a room big enough for 8, so we’ve split into two teams and we’re going to see who gets out of their room first!


Just so Shenanigans aren’t called, we pulled the names from a hat earlier and if you want to see who’s on Team Jonny or Team Danny – check it out below – Who’s going to win, what do you think? (and what should the prize be??)



Team Jonny = Jonny, Raz, Nicki and Pavol
Team Danny = Danny, Mel, Mariam and Sarah