June 2016

Happy Summer from Competitive Edge! 
With winter activities in the past and summer fun in full swing, we thought it would be a good time to hit on some important sports and activity tips.  Read on for an explanation of Kinesio-taping and some simple tips to improve your health and safety when exercising:
K-tape--A sticky subject! But what is it?
Competitive Edge Physical Therapy knee taping

It seems that everywhere you look these days you'll see folks with strips of tape stuck to parts of their bodies.  It's not a fashion statement although Rocktape (in my opinion, the best-quality tape) does come in some great colors and patterns! Known generally as "K-tape", it's proper term is Kinesio-tape.  "Kinesio" is latin for movement.


K-taping hit the big time when many athletes in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics were seen with various formations of the tape on various parts of their bodies.  But do you know why you are taping and what the benefit is?


There are 4 basic premises for the use of K-tape:

1. Facilitation of a muscle (or movement)

2. Inhibition of a muscle (overactive or tight)

3. Relief of a restriction or tightness

4. Swelling reduction


How K-tape is applied in terms of tension and location, size and orientation will determine the benefit. Seek a trained professional to help you with this. 


Just like any therapy treatment, K-taping is not a stand-alone "miracle fix" nor is it intended to be used ongoing, but is a merely a training tool. Used in conjunction with other treatments such as soft tissue mobilization, stretching, strengthening and stabilization exercises, taping can help get you back to the activities that you love.  


We are so excited to now offer custom-made orthotics!  We use a slipper cast technique and Langer Biomechanics to fabricate the orthotics that will fit your feet like a glove! These are custom-molded to the exact size and contours of your feet with very specific guidelines to accomodate and support.  Made of a composite material that is much more durable than cork and leather. 


Out-of-pocket cost is $325 and may be covered by your insurance.  The evaluation is covered as a physical therapy benefit.  Call for an assessment!

Check out our new website!

We've recently redesigned our Competitive Edge website to make it easier to read and navigate.  Stop by www.competitiveedge-pt.com to take a look, contact us, or refer your friends and family.  



Insurance Update
We accept most insurances* in Eagle County, including:
  • Aetna/Cofinity
  • Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Cigna
  • CNIC
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Optum
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plan
  • TriCare
  • UMR
  • United HealthCare

*If yours isn't listed, let us know - we'll work with you and your insurance company.

Competitive Edge Physical Therapy | 970-328-5549 | mwitt@vail.net | http://www.competitiveedge-pt.com
247 RIng Neck
Eagle, CO 81631