Support Taping & Kinesio Taping®

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We offer two types of taping here at the Bury St Edmunds Chiropractic Clinic; Zinc Oxide (white) taping and Kinesio taping®.

Zinc oxide is a strong, inelastic tape that can be used to support joints that have been sprained or damaged, and it is used to help protect the joints until the regain their former strength after injury.  In some cases it may be used to help prevent injury, and may be used to limit the range of motion of a joint to prevent further damage.  Tape laid onto the skin over a muscle is known to increase the speed of its firing pattern (“proprioceptive” input), so zinc oxide taping will help the muscles around a joint support the damaged ligaments or tendons.

This is a skilled technique with care needed to prevent blisters and damage to the skin, but in experienced hands it is of great benefit to not only athletes but anyone who needs support around a joint following treatment.

Pros:

  • Strong
  • Supportive
  • May restrict movement
  • Layered for increased strength
  • Some proprioceptive gain

Cons:

  • Short term use
  • May restrict movement
  • May damage the skin if kept on too long

Kinesio Tape® was developed in Japan in the 1970s and has gained popularity amongst the sporting population; few can fail to notice the brightly coloured tape that adorns our top athletes. It is a light, stretchy, comfortable tape, with a unique pattern of glue holding it to the skin which is key to its unique function. The glue pattern helps lift the superficial layer of skin, increasing drainage so reducing swelling and encouraging blood flow to the muscles below the skin. It has a high proprioceptive input and is a light, cotton, waterproof tape and comfortable to wear for several days.

Pros:

  • Light, comfortable
  • Reduces swelling and bruising
  • Waterproof and can be worn for several days
  • Does not restrict movement

Cons:

  • Does not restrict movement
  • May simply be a placebo effect?
  • Mechanisms of use unclear with further research needed

Registered address of Kinesio Tape
Kinesio Tape UK
Cobalt 3.1,
Silverfox Way,
Newcastle Upon Tyne,
NE27 0QJ

Taping is used:

  • To support the damaged tissues between treatments
  • To prevent further damage to the tissues
  • To reduce swelling
  • To increase proprioreceptive imput to support the joints

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