Taping is the application of specialized elastic tapes to the joints and surrounding muscles to provide stability and support, enhancing proper, beneficial movement and circulation. The tape is elastic in nature and lifts the skin to aid in the proper drainage of lymph from the muscles. In this way, it can aid in the reduction of inflammation within injured tissues.
Elastic therapeutic tape also referred to as Kinesiotape, is one treatment method to help restore function and mobility. Your physical therapist will assess whether this treatment method is right for you, alongside other methods of treatment. This can help with:
Elastic therapeutic tape is often left in place for several days at a time, and is known to be particularly effective in enhancing the stability of injured joints. It can also be used to provide guidance to the patient’s body to aid them in moving in ways that may be therapeutic but difficult to control at first. In this way, elastic therapeutic taping can complement other aspects of a complete physical therapy treatment program. Elastic therapeutic tape can help to treat many chronic and acute conditions, such as:
When applied correctly by a physical therapist as part of a complete treatment physical therapy plan it can help to reduce inflammation and pain, relax muscles, and assist with proper muscle movement.
This non-restrictive tape allows for the joints to have a full range of motion and complete function. Elastic therapeutic tape can support joints and muscles during sports and other vigorous activities, as well as in rehabilitation of injured joints and muscles. It can be a dynamic part of a comprehensive physical therapy treatment plan and has shown to have the following benefits: