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Use of Taping

Taping has recently emerged as a useful adjunct for physiotherapy. This versatile method has proven to be a game-changer in aiding the recovery process for various conditions, preventing injuries and supporting muscles and joint during sporting events.  In this blog we will explore the wonders of taping in physiotherapy.

So what is Taping?

Taping involves applying a special adhesive tape to the skin to provide support and stability to muscles and joints. It is commonly used to manage injuries, reduce pain, and improve overall function. The tape used in physiotherapy is typically elastic and can be applied by a physiotherapist  in different ways, depending on the desired outcome.

What are the Benefits?

  1. Pain management: Taping can help alleviate pain by providing support to injured or strained muscles. This lets the injured muscles relax and recover.
  2. Joint Stability: Taping is also effective in enhancing joint stability by restricting any unwanted excessive movement and ensuring correct joint alignment.
  3. Improved Circulation: The application of tape promotes better blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. This aids in reducing swelling and accelerates the natural healing process.
  4. Posture Correction: Taping techniques can be employed to encourage proper posture and reduce spinal pain.

What kind of Taping can I get?

Here at Melbourne Physiotherapy Pilates and Fitness Group our physiotherapy team is well trained in taping for all conditions. They may use one of the following techniques on your injury:

  1. Kinesiology Taping:  If you require support without restricting movement the physiotherapist may opt for this special elastic tape. It is applied along muscles and joints, mimicking the skin’s elasticity.
  2. McConnell Taping: Especially effective in those with patellofemoral pain, this method will help realign the kneecap and reduce stress on your knee joint.
  3. Ligament Taping:  If you require stability in your injured ligaments, the physiotherapist may use a stronger, sturdier tape to support the joint and restrict excessive movement.
  4. Functional Taping: You may require tape to simply train and facilitate normal joint movement during daily activities. Once your body gets the correct postural feedback, you will be able to maintain these positions without the tape.

Conclusion:

Taping offers a non-invasive and effective way to manage various musculoskeletal conditions. Whether you’re an athlete recovering from a sports injury or someone dealing with chronic pain, taping might be a benefit to your physiotherapy treatment.  If you are seeing a physiotherapist, you can ask them if taping would be of benefit to you, alternatively if you are not yet linked with a physiotherapist for your injury do not hesitate to book in with us today!

MPPFG Team

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