Taping is commonly used as
an adjunct or temporary technique. Some of the goals
with taping are to restrict movement of injured joints, soft tissue compression
to reduce swelling. support anatomical structures, and as protection from
re-injury. Taping is used as one of the means of rehabilitation or prophylaxis
in instances where support and stability is needed, as an first aid tool, for
the prevention of injury and protection of an injured anatomical structure
while healing is taking place.
How It Benefits
Tape is commonly used by physiotherapists to
- Relieve your pain
- Improve joint stability
- Enhance athlete confidence
- Reduce strain on injured or vulnerable tissues
- Correct faulty biomechanics
- Inhibit muscle action
- Facilitate muscle action
There are different kinds of tape that can be employed:
- Rigid strapping tape commonly used in taping or strapping is often referred to as "sports tape" or "athletic tape" and is most often a rigid style of strapping tape.
- Elastic strapping tape can also be used when less rigidity or support is required.
- Kinesiology tape is an improved version of elastic sports tape that acts to dynamically assist your muscle function.