The use of Corrective Taping methods can help to achieve:
- Immediate pain relief
- Uploading of soft tissue
- Allow muscles to re-develop
- Compressive effects
- Limit motion
- Decrease pathologic movement
McConnell Tape (MT): McConnell Tape or MT is one of the most commonly used techniques of corrective tape. The McConnell method was developed by an Australian physical therapist in 1984. This method uses a 2-tier system.
- Tier 1: First a protective first layer is put down using cover roll, which is a soft cotton tape. This goes over the area to be taped.
- Tier 2: The corrective tape, most commonly leukotape, is placed to create the correction that is desired.
Uses of McConnell Taping
McConnell taping is one of the most common treatments used for knee joint/knee cap pain (patellofemoral pain). It is used to correct the tracking of the knee cap, which can track or move incorrectly for several reasons - such as knee cap instability, pressure in the knee, overactivity of the iliotibial band(ITB), excessive lateral tracking and Osgood-Schlatter.
The use of tape can allow for immediate pain relief and therefore allow you to strengthen muscles and/or improve patterns with less pain - both during PT sessions and during everyday activities at home. These taping techniques can easily be taught to you or a loved one so that it can be reproduced at home or during sporting events.
In addition to the knee and other body areas commonly targeted with corrective taping techniques include the foot, ankle, shoulder and spine.
Tips provided by Leila Moore, PT. Leila is currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our Baldwinsville location.
Have a question about taping? Feel free to ask! Also keep an eye out next week for some videos with taping Tips & Tricks.