Watch & read Dale explain Taping, what it is and the advantages and disadvantages of Taping.
To Tape or Not to Tape?
Recently a lot of people have been coming to the Clinic and asking about the advantages of taping and whether or not they need taping for their injury.
SO, in this blog, I will try to answer those questions…
What is Taping and what is it used for?
Tape is commonly used by physiotherapists to:
- relieve your pain
- improve joint stability
- enhance athlete confidence
- reduce injury recurrence
- prevent injury
What type of tapes are there?
First of all, there are lots of different types of tape.
These are the most common:
- 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
For example, Kinesio tape (which is often blue) is one who’ll see athletes wearing.
There is also a white tape which is often zinc oxide. This is a little bit stronger and regularly used in Rugby to spin two fingers together as well as in schools, especially for sprained ankles.
Do I need taping?
That’s another good question.
It all depends.
Tape definitely has it’s place, but as research and treatment advances it is slowly moving away from the use of taping. In certain pathologies, it’s still widely used and beneficial but with so many advances in treatments, taping is not always necessary.
For example, if you’ve got an acute ankle sprain, we might use tape to restrict joint movement in that acute period.
We might use tape for short term improved posture, but the real solution is not tape, it’s strength. If you wanted to have better posture, it should be coming from the muscles in the back.
If you wanted to have a more stable ankle, we should work to strengthen the muscles around the ankle. So, as I said, tape does have its place, but strength is where the real key is.
I hope this answers some of your questions.
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Thank you very much for reading & watching.
Physiotherapist, The Markland Clinic