Taping has a long history in sports injury. Until recently it was mostly about static taping – holding the affected joint in a particular position, preventing it from moving anywhere.
With the development of Kinesiotape, the concept has changed quite a lot. Instead of rigid, inflexible tape, kinesiotape is very stretchy. Depending on how the tape is applied, it appears to have different effects.
Because of the stretchiness of the tape, when applied it can have a bunching effect over the skin – essentially lifting the skin away from fascia and other structures beneath. In simple terms, this may provide more space for blood and lymph to move, theoretically improving fluid flow and enabling faster healing from injuries.
The increased fluid flow also promotes lymph drainage and removal of waste products from muscles, reducing muscle fatigue and can help endurance athletes go harder for longer periods. Post exercise, it may also aid recovery.
When applied across a number of muscles and fasciae, with different levels of stretch, the tape can improve proprioception – the feeling of where your body is in space, and the connective feeling between muscles. Sometimes known as “powertaping” this can be used as a rehabilitative measure, helping with gait control, or improving the function of muscles around the shoulder joint. It can often be seen on pro-swimmers, triathletes, volleyball players and cyclists. There is no single “approved” way to apply the tape, it being seen as more as an “open source” treatment, allowing the practitioner to adapt the tape to the athlete.
The versatility of the tape can also be seen by its use as a postural correction device. In the same way it helps re-educate muscle firing patterns, the tape does not “hold” you in a specific position like a crutch, it is applied in order to “remind” the muscles to fire, giving you the stimulus to stay in better posture. The advantage of this is that the muscles are “taught” to stay in a better position, rather than allowing them to relax as the tape holds you in position.
We use Rocktape, which is completely Latex free and water resistant. We can apply our tape to you (for a charge depending on how much tape is used), or you can buy a roll from us and we’ll show you how to apply it.
Price: costs vary depending on treatment time and tape used – call us to discuss your requirements.