Taping can play an essential part in rehabilitation and injury prevention and at Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, we use it frequently to support our clients throughout their injury recovery journey.
What does taping actually do?
Taping aims to help provide extra support and structure to injured or inflamed joints. This can help by taking some pressure from the joint and allow it to move in the desired directions. It can also limit movement in the same way, preventing already strained or stretched ligaments and other soft tissues from stretching too far once again. This support has also been found to reduce pain for a lot of patients and improve their confidence in getting back to their original skill and fitness regime.
Are there different types of taping?
There are three main types of taping, and they relate to the material used and their function:
Rigid Tape is tough in texture and provides a lot of support. It is generally used to minimise movement and when used correctly can “guide” joint movement to enhance stability but still allow the client to participate in their desired activities.
Often referred to as KT Tape, Kinesiology Tape has come with significant developments over the past few years and is becoming widely used by athletes, physiotherapists and physical activity enthusiasts alike. It provides support to soft tissue, specifically muscles and ligaments and it works by replicating similar movements through its elastic texture.
Although it’s not as supportive as rigid tape, it offers a lot more movement and flexibility which can be perfect during rehabilitation.
Elastic Tapingis much lighter and elastic in texture and provides less support than rigid and KT tapes. Its flexibility is widely favoured for clients who have to tape over longer periods of time, and perhaps need the reminder and light support day-to-day. These often have a cotton base, and this can make them breathe better and be more comfortable.
Before you rush to buy some tape, check in with your physiotherapist to:
- See what they recommend for YOUR injury
- Allow them to teach you the most effective taping technique for YOUR mobility and support
- Recommend a brand(s) that will best suit YOU, with YOUR BODY in mind
- Develop a plan for your taping, and set goals for YOUR BODY and activities