Kinesiotape and Sports Tape

 
Our Chartered Physiotherapists are skilled in taping and strapping of joints and ligaments. Strapping and taping techniques can help prevent injury as well as protect an athlete from re-injury whilst returning to sport. It can also be used to inhibit muscles spasms and promote ideal posture. The role of rigid tape (Zinc Oxide Tape) is to limit the movement in an injured joint or structure to prevent aggravation of the injury. In addition it should provide support to the affected structures therefore reducing pain. 
 
Kinesiotape has recently become very popular among athletes and you may have seen the bright pink, blue or black Kinesiotape at a race or match. Traditional taping methods provide excellent support for sprained ligaments and joints, however for certain muscle injuries Kinesiotape works best.  The popularity of Kinesiotape for muscle injuries is due to its elastic and non restrictive nature. There are specific techniques to apply the tape that allows the tape be used for multiple purposes. 
 
When pain or stiffness is felt in muscles it is due to activation of pain receptors by localised inflammation. Kinesiotape works by lifting the skin which can reduce swelling, increase circulation, release the fascia, and reduce pain by taking pressure off pain receptors.

 
Its uses include:
 

  • Supporting weaker muscles 

  • Relaxing tight muscles

  • Speeds up the removal of swelling and bruising

  • Pain relief

  • Correcting biomechanical problems e.g. correcting muscle imbalance

  • Providing sensory feedback for postural awareness and alignment

 

Depending on your injury, our Physiotherapists will decide whether traditional taping measures or Kinesiotape will help with your recovery.

 

Injured? Click here for an appointment or for some advice