What is taping?

Taping can also be referred to as strapping and is a common treatment technique used by physiotherapists at Farrell Physiotherapy. It can be used as a method of preventing injury or can be used as a treatment method following injury.

Your physiotherapist will be fully qualified in applying taping depending on what your symptoms are and your treatment goals. You may also be taught how to put tape on yourself so you can continue to benefit from this treatment method outside of physiotherapy sessions.

Postural taping: Taping can be used for postural problems such as muscle imbalances which are causing excessive forces on certain structures. It can help to improve alignment and reduce spinal stresses.

Sports taping: Taping is very commonly used in the sporting environment to help support structures and provide sensory feedback to prevent injury or rehabilitate following injury.

What conditions can taping treat?

Your physiotherapist will carry out a full assessment to determine what is causing your symptoms and how best to treat them. You will be provided with a treatment programme individual to you and may include taping alongside other treatment methods.

Taping can be used for several conditions including:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Muscle strains e.g. quadriceps, groin, hamstrings
  • Tendonitis

When should taping be avoided?

There are some cases where taping should be avoided including:

  • Certain injuries e.g. fractures
  • Skin allergies to the tape used
  • If the tape causes an increase in symptoms such as aching, itchiness, pins and needles, pain, numbness, redness, or discolouration
  • If you have circulatory or sensory problems

What are the benefits of taping?

There are several uses for taping depending on what your problem is, and therefore there are different benefits for the different uses.

Taping can: stimulate mechanoreceptors in the nerve which are your movement detectors, it can prevent certain movements that may cause further damage, support and protect the muscles that surround a joint, relieve any pressure on an injured area, reduce swelling, provide proprioceptive feedback to decrease the risk of re-injury and improve joint co-ordination.

Benefits of taping include:

  • Injury prevention
  • Decreased pain
  • Encouragement of normal movement
  • Speedy recovery
  • Increased joint stability
  • Decreased risk of re-injuring yourself
  • Decreased swelling

Why Farrell Physiotherapy?

We pride ourselves on providing excellent patient care ensuring you are always at the centre of what we do. We are committed to continuous education and development to make sure we are up to date with the latest practices and therefore you can feel confident you are getting the best possible advice and care when coming to Farrell Physiotherapy

If you would like to find out more about taping or any of our other treatments, or would like to book an assessment please call 01245 615 051 or e-mail: infofarrellphysiotherapy@gmail.com.