Taping to Heal
the Right Way
Kinesiology taping has been used since the 1970s to help specific injuries in patients who want to try something nontraditional.
In its most basic form, the tape can be used to reduce swelling, give you more support and stability, and manage scar tissue and pain, among other benefits.
There are two popular techniques for taping in the physical therapy world. And, like most things, there are pros and cons for each. Here is a quick rundown of each method and who might benefit from them.
McConnell taping involves bracing and taping using extremely rigid tape. It’s commonly used for shoulder, lumbar, foot, and hip issues. This type of taping is usually left on for no more than 18 hours due to the fact that it may begin to feel suffocating or constricting. McConnell taping is best for neuromuscular conditions.
Much like McConnell taping, Kinesio taping assists with the body’s natural healing process. This technique helps to activate the muscles and tissues using a flexible elastic tape. This can be used to improve circulation to relieve pain.
Ready to learn more about how these taping methods can help you live with less pain? Contact the Premier Rehabilitation team and book your appointment.