Why is Tape Used?
- To correct the structure or stabilize a joint (ie: ankles, knees/knee caps)
- To increase/decrease muscle activity of a certain muscle. This can mean turning a muscle off so-to-speak, or conversely encouraging a muscle to work more than it is currently.
- To trial or assess the benefits of orthotics
- For swelling/control of inflammation, also can be used to aid in the scar/incision healing process.
- To be able to return to activity or athletics!
- To decrease strains on tissues
- For immediate relief of pain
- For postural awareness and correction
Are there different types of tape? The answer is yes...
- Athletic Tape -somewhat similar to medical tape, much like something you'd find in a drug store.
- Mechanical Tape - or "leukotape." This type of tape uses a 2-tier taping system including coverall and the actual leukotape.
- Elastic Therapeutic Tape - some examples are Kinesio tape or Spider Tape.
There are various taping techniques and possibilities out there. Physical therapists have many of those tricks up in their sleeve and are able to teach you how to properly tape yourself at home for the long term benefits. Taping properly is very important - appropriate wear time and technique are just a few things to take into consideration.
Stay tuned for the scoop on Kinesio tape (that colored tape you're seeing everywhere these days) - proper use of kinesio tape and some tips & tricks!
Leila has an interest specifically in the science and methodology surrounding Kinesiology Taping, and recently attended a course to feed that interest and further her education.