What is Kinesio Taping?

Ever wonder what that pink, blue, or black tape is that is showing up on almost all athletes these days? It’s Kinesio Tape! Do you need to be an Olympic Gold medal winner to enjoy the benefits of kinesio taping? Not at all, Kinesio Taping Association International (KTAI) estimates that 85% of the users of kinesio taping are not athletes but people who suffer from chronic pain, repetitive stress injury, and ligament, tendon, and joint injuries.

In 1979, Dr. Kenzo Kase, developed the kinesio taping method to enhance his manual therapy techniques. To further facilitate his method he developed the kinesio tex tape from 1979 to 1981. Due to the success and popularity of the kinesio taping method, Dr. Kenzo Kase founded the Kinesio Taping Association International and the first conference was held in Japan in 1984.
So how can Kinesio Taping Method help you?

The Kinesio Taping Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process. It provides support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions.


5 Keys to Health Insurance and Navigating the new Reform

Today we have a guest blogger, Carl Horne

Company photoWelcome Carl!

He has been working in insurance for 8 years with Healthmarkets. Their focus
has always been on helping families responsible for their own benefits, and the micro business. They broker with most of the highest rated Insurers and give you personal assistance in finding what best fits your needs for your, Health, Life, Supplemental and Disability insurance.

5 Keys to Health Insurance and Navigating the new Reform:

1) Review your health coverage:

Whether your plan is grandfathered(enrolled prior to March 23 2010) or
ACA compliant, talk to a licensed agent to understand your benefits.
The Affordable Care Act, has mandated many new benefits so it’s best to
know what is covered by your Grandfathered plan vs ACA plan.

2) Use Preventative Care:
Part of the ACA mandates are coverage for preventative care. Everything
from Immunizations, Cholesterol and Blood pressure screenings, to
cancer screenings and colonoscopies are covered 100% regardless of your
deductible. Make sure and talk to your doctor about recommended
screenings and you can consult with your agent to make sure it is

3) Plan for out of Pocket Expenses:
Higher deductible plans and large out of pocket maximums have left many
unable to pay their medical bills.
With the high cost of insurance these plans are more attractive because
the premiums are lower. Unfortunately you are at
greater financial risk. A relatively inexpensive way to help is to look
into Supplemental benefits that will pay you if you have
an Accident, Hospital stay, or Critical Illness, and help offset your
financial exposure.

4) Understand How You Use Insurance
Many of my clients are self employed, healthy and use primarily
Holistic Healthcare.
Although it is counter intuitive, many of these benefits are not
covered well by insurance. If it is covered, you will
likely be paying for a much more expensive plan. I have typically found
that the higher premium you pay is more than
the cost of paying for benefits like, acupuncture, chiropractic, and
massage therapy out of pocket.
You may consider an HSA plan. These plans have higher deductibles, and
you pay out of pocket for everything except
preventative until you reach your deductible. After your deductible is
met the plan pays and protects you form the major medical bills.

With these plans you can set up a Health Savings Account with your
bank. The funds in this account can be used for all your out of
pocket medical expenses. The advantage is the amount that you fund your
HSA account is a tax write off.(up to the IRS limit). These funds of
course roll over year after year.

5) Better Protection
Pre existing conditions can no longer increase your rate or deny you
You can also no longer be dropped from coverage for medical reasons, or
have reductions in your plan benefits.

For more information please feel free to contact me

Carl Horne
Licensed Insurance Agent 0F46503

2107 N. First St Suite 350 ■ San Jose, CA 95131

P 415-341-0178 ■ C 415-845-9659 ■ F 408-794-2285

carl.horne@HealthMarkets.com ■


Exercise Reduces Stress. We know! Are we ready to change?

Exercise does more for us than just get us in great physical shape, it also gets us in great mental shape!

Everyday life naturally leads to stress, with our jobs, family and the pressures we put on ourselves. What do we do to handle these stresses? Do we do the things that will really help us or just satisfy our caffeine or sugar cravings? Ultimately making the stress worse. Why don’t we take a quick walk around the block or go for a great workout instead? Why don’t treat ourselves like we are our number one client?

Even though we know exercise has been proven to increase the concentrations of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate the brain’s response to stress we are still in our same old patterns of another cup of coffee, another pastry or a glass of wine (maybe two).

Maybe it can overwhelming to think of the big picture and we are afraid of failure? When the task seems too daunting we decide not to try than to try and fail?

What if we broke it down into baby steps? Give ourselves a direction one stepping stone at a time? This way we achieve a goal and feel the accomplishment of it. Once we feel this accomplishment we may decide we want more because it feels good to reach our goals right?

What would your first stepping stone be? A quick 10 minute walk  before you leave for work?  Or maybe get off the bus or train stop a  stop early so you can walk the rest of the way to the office? Or take the stairs instead of the elevator?

Think about it. Are you ready to create your first stepping stone?

For more information contact Cassidy at The Body Gallery