Therapeutic taping has become increasingly popular in the realm of sports medicine and physical therapy.
Tape is often used to help stabilize or support joints, reduce pain and inflammation, and enhance proprioception or body awareness.
There are several types of tape available, including athletic tape, Leukotape, and Kinesiotape, each with its own unique properties and benefits.
What are the benefits of therapeutic taping?
Regardless of the type of tape used, therapeutic taping can provide several benefits to patients.
One of the primary benefits is increased proprioception, or body awareness. By providing tactile feedback to the affected area, tape can help patients to better understand their movements and make adjustments as needed. This can help to improve movement patterns and reduce the risk of injury.
Tape can also help to re-align joint or soft tissue mechanics. By providing support to the affected area, tape can help to reduce stress on the affected structures and promote proper alignment. This can help to reduce pain and inflammation and improve overall function.
Finally, therapeutic taping can help to enhance the effectiveness of other treatment modalities, such as manual therapy, exercise, and stretching. By providing support and stability to the affected area, tape can help to facilitate healing and promote faster recovery.