If you’ve ever watched professional sports you would have seen the wide variety of different types of physio sports tape available these days. Bright colours, flesh coloured rigid tape and long stretchy tape that seems to allow sports people to still kick and run. If you think you need sports taping you might be asking yourself, which tape is right for my injury or issue?
Sports taping, sometimes known as sports strapping, is used for many different reasons. At City Physiotherapy in Adelaide we may use tape to limit and restrict your range of movement of an injured body region, usually around joints to helping to reduce or to control pain of an injured or affected body part. Apart from sports injuries taping can also be used to provide support during pregnancy, postural pain, pinched nerve referred pain, arthritis, to reduce inflammation and bruising as well as the control of muscle spasm or cramping.
Our Physiotherapists are skilled in treating your injuries based on an overall assessment of your specific issues. We will choose the right tape for your injury. If it is simple enough we can teach you how to do this at home between you physio treatments. If it’s a bit tricky you’ll need to come back for our re-strapping service we offer for our current patients.
Physio taping service Adelaide
If your injury requires taping your Physiotherapist will discuss this with you as part of your treatment.
If you are currently being treated as a patient at City Physiotherapy and you require your Physio to reapply new tape between your Physio treatment sessions or prior to participating in sport, a run, a competition or training session ( sports taping ) then you may book a very short appointment for taping only. We only charge you a small fee for this service, which includes the cost of the tape.
To book a retaping session with your Physio, please call our reception on 8212 4886.
Taping types explained
Rigid strapping tape
Rigid strapping tape has minimal elastic properties. We use it mainly to reduce unwanted movement in your injured joint by reinforcing that joint and providing additional support to your affected structures. Rigid tape is primarily used prior to and during sport competition or to protect your joint in the acute phase of your injury.
Rigid Sports Tape – When do we use it?
We use this type of tape when we want to reduce unwanted movement or to offload, compress or support structures in your body that are weakened by injury. It is believed that you can decrease the reoccurrence of an injury due to improved proprioception from taping an injured body part. What does this mean? The tape on your skin increases the sensation to the nerves in this area.
Proprioception is your brain and nervous systems ability to understand where that body part is in relation to the rest of your body and what is around you.
When we get injured your brains ability to do this is decreased. Sports taping helps your brain and nervous system to put you in “protect mode” and therefore reduces the reoccurrence of injuries.
Commonly used in the sporting field, rigid strapping tape can be used to strap most peripheral joints. It is a common misconception that the majority of ankle sprain injuries are caused during lateral movements. Studies have been shown that ankle injuries are most commonly caused during landing after jumping. Taping (or bracing) both ankles for trainings and games has been shown in both AFL Football and Basketball to reduce the reoccurrence of ankle injuries.
This tape is not hypoallergenic so if your skin reacts to the adhesive on the tape you may require a hypoallergenic under wrap tape to be applied to your skin prior to the application of the rigid strapping tape.
Kinesio Taping (K Tape) / Rock Tape / Active Tape / Power Tape
Kinesio taping (K-tape) was developed by a Japanese therapist to be used between treatment sessions. K-tape is a unique tape that is 100% elastic and made from a polymer blend which gives it its elastic properties. The elastic features of the tape allow the tape to ‘bunch’ and to lift the first layer of the skin away from the muscle fibres at a microscopic level. K-tape can be used pre competition, during competition or post competition depending on the desired outcome, as well as for alignment, rehabilitation and pain relief.
This tape is hypoallergenic and water resistant, so you can usually wear it for up to 5 days.
Kinesio Tape / Rock Tape / Active Tape / Power Tape – When do we use it?
Pre competition: Kinesio-tape is used in a pre-competition setting to support hands on physiotherapy treatment.
During competition: Kinesio- tape can be used for short-term relief to assist you to finish an event before seeking further treatment. We apply different amounts of tension to the Kinesio-tape, which allows us to use the tape for different purposes. The more tension in the tape, the greater the stability it will provide. K-tape can also be used to reduce your range of movement (ROM) in an injured or weakened body part.
Post competition: it can be used to restrict ROM, and pain relief. K-tape should in no way be used as a primary source of treatment post injury during competition.
Alignment: it can be used to increase alignment in a joint by providing greater proprioception to the injured structure.
Rehabilitation: it has been shown that using K-tape and the lifting affect that it has on the skin opens the fascial tissues to allow greater lymphatic drainage and increased blood flow. This can reduce the amount of swelling and inflammation, whilst also reducing muscle fatigue.
Pain relief: Kinesio-tape allows greater fluid circulation thus reducing pain. K-tape intercepts pain signals in the body reducing the feelings of pain.
For more information or appointments please give City Physiotherapy’s friendly reception a call on 08 8212 4886
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