Tape in its various forms and applications

There are many forms of taping used in many various ways to achieve differing effects. Tapes range in width, strengths, flexibility and colour.

BWT Physiotherapists may choose to tape a patient with an injured joint with non-flexible tape to offer a degree of

stability in the early stages of their recovery so that they can benefit from prescribed exercises in the acute phase

to enhance their recovery.

In the later stages of their rehabilitation a flexible tape, such as kinesio tape, may be used to facilitate and

improve muscle function when the activity level has been increased.

Taping can also be used to

  • Improve balance and proprioception post injury
  • To offload overused structures such as tendon and their insertions which can be a result of poor walking patterns or imbalanced movement patterns
  • Swelling can be reduced by the application of kinesio tape in a web like structure over the injured area.

However, it is not just the athlete or sportsperson that can benefit from taping as it can be used to reduce spasticity in a spastic limb which can have the effect of allowing more functional movement.

It is always so important to make sure that your injury receives a full assessment, BWT Physiotherapists will always ensure that you are fully assessed post injury and that you receive the best advice and information you need to make a full recovery.

If taping is recommended by your BWT Physiotherapist and is considered to be an important part of your rehabilitation you and your family will be taught how to apply the tape for maximum effect.

It is worthwhile remembering that Taping over a long period of time can, in some cases, cause an irritation of the skin. This normally settles down quickly and creates no more irritation than a mild itch. However if you know you are allergic to the adhesion of normal plasters then you are probably not a candidate for Taping.