In this practice, we use taping on its own, or in conjunction with chiropractic and soft tissue techniques. It aims to prolong the benefit of the treatment, by giving ongoing support, reducing pain, and aiding in rehabilitation. It is a commonly used modality by physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and massage therapists.
The tape can be applied in various patterns, directions, and tensions depending on what the chiropractor is aiming to achieve.
It can provide support and stability to joints and ligaments, and can be used to facilitate or inhibit muscles, all whilst maintaining the body’s natural range of motion. It can also be used to promote lymphatic drainage and circulation, decreasing swelling or bruising. The tape targets receptors within the somatosensory system, lifting the skin to create a small space allowing for lymphatic drainage and blood flow between the muscle and dermis layers.
It is also water resistant, so, most tapings will last between 3 and 5 days. It’s the pliability of the tape which allows it to stretch and bend with the body, in fact, many patients report that they forget they have it on!