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Taping has two main tasks: the tape helps the muscle to work or relax and stabilises the joint, thus helping the joint to move correctly. Taping technique may differ depending on the purpose of each patient. A specially trained physiotherapist performs taping at GK Neiroklīnika.
The tape imitates the skin, the thickness of the tape conforms to the thickness of the epidermis. The material is 100% cotton and the adhesive substance – heat activated acrylic adhesive.
Our specialists offer kinesiology or dynamic taping.
Duration of the procedure
Approximately 10-15 minutes.
Taping is painless.
Limitations are associated with the health status of the patient.
Advantages of the method
The opportunity of retaining movements, reducing pain and promoting faster healing.
The tape functions for an average of 3-5 days.
Principles of the method
There are several types of medical taping. Currently the most commonly used ones are kinesiology and dynamic taping. The common characteristic thereof is a plaster-like elastic and self-adhesive tape that is stuck to the body. Depending on the type of trauma, it is important to know how to correctly fix the tape to ensure that the tape performs its functions and facilitates healing. Prior to the application of the tape, it is important to remove hair in the area where the application of the tape is planned.
The advantages of taping:
- improves the functions of the muscles and stabilises muscle tone;
- improves blood flow and lymph circulation in the problematic area, thus reducing oedema and inflammation;
- reduces pain;
- improves joint stability and mobility;
- improves microcirculation in subcutaneous tissue.
Kinesiological tape functions for 3–5 days on average (frequently even up to 10 days). The patient may take a shower and visit the sauna, etc. with the tape. The main function of kinesiology tape is to improve microcirculation in capillary blood flow and the flow of lymph, as well as to remove oedema and pain.
Kinesiology tape is used:
- to reduce back pain;
- in the event of joint pain;
- after trauma, in the event of bruises, joint dislocations, strains, fractures;
- to reduce oedema and subcutaneous haemorrhages;
- to reduce inflammation and prevent scarring;
- for neuroreflexive manipulations (for instance, to relieve muscle tension caused headaches);
- for the correction of posture, etc.
Dynamic taping is a popular physiotherapy method that helps improve microcirculation, reduce oedema, improve stability and relieve the performance of different movements. Dynamic taping allows one to retain movements in joints and reduces the load on a traumatised muscle. Thus, the performance of movements can be continued, thus enabling faster return of the muscles to a functional condition.
Dynamic taping is used:
- to retain and improve biomechanical movements of joints;
- to increase stability and strength;
- for a corrective effect on the body by restoring muscle balance;
- to alter movement models (movement stereotypes);
- to improve microcirculation and reduce oedema.
Taping is not performed, in the event of the following conditions:
- allergic reactions during previous taping sessions have been observed;
- acute thrombosis;
- skin damage or open wounds;
- cardiac or renal failure;
- generalised oedema.