Taping can be very effective in the treatment of many different musculoskeletal injuries. It may seem that we are just applying tape to skin, but used correctly to enhance or restrict movement or provide support, can be a very effective part of your recovery. Injuries that benefit significantly from the use of taping include - plantar fasciitis, maltracking patella, back pain, tennis elbow and shoulder and neck pain. But this list is not exclusive and other areas can also be effective when applied correctly.
The kinesiology style taping is generally used to enhance movement through neuromuscular control. Basically improving movement control, turning the correct muscles on at the right time. Proprioception is part of this mechanism as the tape can be used to improve joint position sense as it tightens with stretching, and provides a useful biofeedback mechanism. Kinesiology tape is hypoallergenic and therefore does not require an underwrap tape.
Rigid taping ( the brown tape above) is used for some of the same effects as Kinesiology tape but can also be applied in a way to restrict movement in conditions such as plantar fasciitis and unstable sporting shoulders. The zinc oxide in these tapes can cause a skin reaction and so the tape is often applied with an underwrap Tape (the white tape above). The other benefit of the underwrap tape also allows the rigid overtape to be left in place for a few days.
Regardless of the tape you are using it is necessary to look out for a tape reaction and remove the tape if you feel a skin irritation, redness or swelling or any other such indication of a skin reaction. Washing the skin with soapy water to clear the tape gums needs to be completed if this occurs after removal. So to recap, taping is useful for: & Pain relief & To improve Joint stability & Reduce Injury Recurrence & Improve Proprioceptive Feedback (joint position sense)
Kinesio style tapes lift the skin and increase blood flow and circulation of lymphatic fluids. This increase in the interstitial space is said to lead to less pressure on the body's receptors which detect pain, and to improve overall joint proprioception.
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