Kinesiotaping in Southampton
Kinesio-taping (KT), or dynamic taping, consists of sticking tapes to the body using various combinations of the direction and degree of stretching of the tape.
It affects various systems in the human body, e.g. muscular, nervous, lymphatic, bone, and fascia. Kinesiotaping tapes are widely used in:
- Applying pressure or relief
- Immobilization of the joint or limitation of the range of motion
- Relaxation of muscles/tendons
- Proprioception improvement
- Pain elimination
- Supporting systemic stagnation (e.g. lymph)
- Securing damaged tissues
- Healing acceleration (e.g. reducing hematomas)
A flexible form that increases functionality or a rigid one that improves stability can be used. The tape supports the activity of weak muscles, restoration of the correct limb movements and the correct way of joint loading. The structures are relieved, and the joint remains mobile. Taping should be accompanied by additional training to re-educate the nerves and muscles and the quality of movement.
It is good to use a given patch to conduct a control test and assess the real prospects of improvement. There should be a significant change in function after the first application. The end of day test determines the effectiveness of the taping. The patient pays attention to the quality of well-being after the whole day. The application should not cause any discomfort and even bring relief.
Before the procedure, the physiotherapist degreases and dries the skin. After sticking, you need to rub the plaster to activate the glue. KT is waterproof, you can take a quick shower, but more extended baths are not recommended. No creams or ointments should be used on the tapes. In case of irritation, skin allergy, pain or sensation disorders, soak in warm water and remove the patch quickly. The application lasts from 4 to 12 days unless the therapist prescribes otherwise.
Research conducted in 2017 by C.A. Logan et al. reviewed the follow-up studies to evaluate the effectiveness of knee taping in the treatment of knee pain syndrome (PFPS). Kinesiotaping was proven to support knee healing as a complementary therapy. Thanks to the application of taping and exercise, the reduction of pain, restoration of muscle balance and functional activity were observed.
In 2017, Huang Y. C. and his colleagues demonstrated that kinesiotaping could support shoulder pain treatment in stroke patients. A 3-week intervention with a rehabilitation program plus taping showed a reduction in shoulder pain and disability scale and a painless passive shoulder movement range (ROM).
Research done by J. Bossman and N. Piller in 2010 showed that lymphatic taping might become a non-invasive method of treatment in the appearance of lymph stasis after breast cancer surgery. The method of drainage application reduces the accumulation of lymphatic fluid, which improves the patients’ quality of life.