Playing in the Band
As a professional oboist, Cheryl Bishkoff of Rhode Island needs her hands and arms to be nimble and free of pain. This is not always a simple task, considering that Cheryl suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and has no cartilage left in her right elbow.
When Cheryl’s musical career brought her to the Lehigh Valley to perform in the Bethlehem Bach Festival, she needed to find relief from her pain so she could perform at her highest level. Cheryl turned to CORE Physical Therapy, a member of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.
At CORE Physical Therapy, Cheryl received Kinesio Taping of her elbow to provide mobility and reduce pain. Karen Danish, PT, MS, CHT, who is a certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner and Instructor, applied the tape.
“I found CORE Physical Therapy on the web,” says Cheryl. “Kinesio Taping has always helped me perform in spite of my challenges. Karen taped my elbow prior to each performance at the Bach Festival, and I was able to play my best.”
Kinesio Taping, which is a rehabilitation specialty, is gentler than conventional athletic taping. Tape is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused tired muscles and support muscles in movement.
“Kinesio Taping provides support and stability to joints and muscles without restricting circulation and range of motion,” says Karen. “In fact, Kinesio Taping enhances circulation under the tape and often improves mobility. In Cheryl’s case, it reduced her pain to allow mobility, improving her ability to play the oboe at a high level.”
At the Bach Festival, Cheryl had the opportunity to accompany America’s oldest Bach choir, and she relished every minute of it.
“The Bach Festival was a wonderful experience,” says Cheryl. “Thanks to Karen and CORE Physical Therapy, I was able to play pain-free. I can’t wait until next year!”
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