The Taping Method is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion. It provides extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. The tape is latex-free and wearable for days at a time. It is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. There are various types of tape also known as kinesiotaping. Anderson Physical Therapy prefers ROCK TAPE at our facility. Tape can be a huge asset for athletes. Tape can be applied in the middle of workouts or events in the case of sudden injury. Tape is extremely strong and can be applied with different tension strengths. Many therapists will use different tension strengths and techniques to allow the muscles and ligaments to have "help" when injury occurs. The tape essentially stabilizes an area, for example,the shoulder, to prevent any further damage.
Another important aspect of tape for athletes is rehabilitation. Many times athletes experience that after a competitive event their body is exhausted or broken, or it may be that an athlete has over trained, but in either case rehab is needed. Manual manipulation is important to rehabilitation. Using tape after a manual manipulation session can increase efficacy of your treatment more so than without tape. The tape can help open up fascial tissue to make manual manipulation easier. It helps athletes after manual manipulation in that it gives a continuous amount of stabilization to the affected area and gives muscles and ligaments a chance to rebuild and restore by taking the pressure off of those areas that have been worked on manually.
The taping method also helps with alignment. If you have a tendency to slouch or have an area of the body that is not properly aligned tape can bring the body back into alignment and help the athlete sense how this feels in the body. Having correct alignment can decrease pain and help the joints recover from activities.
The tape also decreases pain in certain areas of the body that may be bothersome. Most athletes tend to have lower back pain. After manual manipulation, tape can be placed on the affected area to decrease pain and discomfort. If there is bruising or swelling, there is a taping method that helps drain fluids into the lymphatic ducts to decrease swelling and help rid the body of bruising.
One more area that may interest athletes is that tape can be used before a sporting event. Most athletes tend to know if they have rolling ankles or patellar tracking issues. Tape can be put on the affected area to prevent injuries if the athlete plans to do an event. Using tape before an event can save the athlete from future surgeries or ailments after the event itself.
Our Taping program is offered to all physical therapy patients, Healthtrax members, and 24/7 Fitness Members. Taping appointments are available to the public and can be made by calling (781) 826-8309 or (781) 767-5200. Anderson Physical Therapy and National Physical Therapy's Kinesiology taping program utilizes ROCK TAPE, the leading brand of kinesiology tape, which has proven to give the wearer the greatest "EXTENSIBILITY" while also providing the most adhesive "GRAB" to the user's skin.