Taping is a great tool for:

Taping is a tool that can provide treatment for a range of different conditions. Taping can be used for stability around joints or a particular body area, to treat swelling, bruising and pain as well as for facilitating the body’s natural healing process.

If you’re recovering from an injury or at high risk of getting another one, your Vitalis physiotherapist may decide to support the area with strapping tape.

Ankle Taping
The aim is to stop your ankle moving sideways, as this is when it’s vulnerable to sprain. Sports strapping can be used to prevent ankle sprains or to help people recovering from one to protect already damaged ligaments.

Knee Taping
The aim is to control your kneecap’s movements if they’ve become painful due to a sports injury, poor alignment or your biomechanics. Tape is placed across the kneecap and pulled towards the back of the knee.

Lower Back Taping
Lumbar taping helps ease lower back pain by making it harder to lean forwards, for example when slouching or lifting. It can work like a brace by providing stability.

Mid-Back Taping
Thoracic taping can help if your posture is poor. Taping pulls your shoulders back and down, preventing you slumping at your desk.

This is similar to sports taping but uses a thin, stretchy, cotton-based tape rather than a strong, rigid one. It doesn’t restrict your range of motion in the way that sports taping does. Rather it promotes your body’s natural healing processes and assists your muscles and joints. It’s used to help treat a range of orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and neurological problems.

Taping can sometimes irritate sensitive skin, especially if you have a reaction to the adhesive used. If you’ve ever accidentally tied yourself up in sticking tape while trying to wrap up a present, you’ll know that tape can sometimes be tricky to manage.

Sometimes the tape comes off too easily, especially if it gets wet. Other people find that it’s very hard to remove. If you’re concerned about this, ask your physio to place a layer of hypoallergenic underwrap on first as this protects your skin and makes strapping tape easier to remove.

Remove the tape and book an appointment with your physio if:

  • The taped area becomes itchy or red
  • The tape seems to be causing pain
  • You develop pins and needles or numbness in the taped area
  • If there is a change in circulation e.g pale skin or cold skin

The first two are signs of your skin reacting badly to the tape. The last two means the tape is probably too tight and is reducing blood flow to the area.

Taping For A Sports Injury

Let’s say you were playing tennis and you hurt your knee. Your physiotherapist may decide that using sports strapping tape may aid your recovery by:

  • Immobilising the joint
  • Taking the load off the injured area
  • Keeping your joints in optimal position
  • Encouraging better posture and safer movement

How Is Sports Strapping Tape Used?

Sports strapping tape is a rigid, adhesive tape that’s applied directly to your skin. Your physiotherapist is trained in strapping techniques for different areas of the body.

Sports strapping tape is used to:

  • Prevent shoulder, ankle and knee injuries minimising risk
  • Treat ankle, knee and back injuries
  • Treat plantar fasciitis

Removing Tape

Your Vitalis physiotherapist will tell you how long to leave your strapping tape on for. It’s usually a few days or so. Rigid tape can last up to 2 days and kinesio tape up to 5 days.

For an easy tape removal, try:

  • Soaking the taped area in cooking oil at room temperature to loosen the adhesive
  • Peeling the tape back slowly and gently with one hand while your other presses on the skin near the edge of the tape. Don’t rip it off as you may take some skin with it
  • Using scissors to carefully cut away the tape
  • Using a skin-safe adhesive remover.

Taping is a great way to protect against or recover from injury, promoting rest and healing. Vitalis physiotherapists use it regularly to treat a number of conditions.

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