Taping, or strapping is the process of applying athletic tape to a specific area of the body in order to maintain joint, muscle and bone stability during physical activity. It aims to mimic the human skins elasticity in order to provide support to muscles and joints without completely restricting movement. Strapping can also help to facilitate improved joint and muscle movement. Most tapes are water-resistant, but designed with pores to avoid sweat and water becoming trapped underneath the tape during exercise. Most of the time we will use a fixomull tape underneath a rigid tape to help relieve the skin from any stress or irritation. Sometimes we will use the fixomull only, to provide very light support.
Strapping restricts pain related movement, but doesn’t immobilise the joint completely, allowing for recovery. Along with physiotherapy techniques, it is very beneficial in ensuring your issue does not become further injured. We source all of our tape from Astir Australia and even provide the tape for sale if you want to start strapping yourself.
Techniques Used for Strapping
There are multiple techniques in applying sports tape, but it varies on the injury and the area in which the tape is applied. We recommend our specific blogs that follow on how to strap specific joints. But remember, if you are having any trouble, see our qualified physiotherapists . They are able to provide you with assistance on specific sports injury strapping techniques and can even apply it for you during your consultation.
It is important to note that incorrect techniques can result in ineffective treatment and prevention. For a personalised approach and to learn more about the best strapping technique for your injury, please call our friendly staff on 07 5591 1816 to book an appointment. Or keep an eye out for our blogs to come in the near future, which will be about ankle, knee and shoulder strapping.