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Introduction You've been hearing about physio taping and all the stories of people claiming it did wonders to treat their numerous ailments... But what is the fuss all about? What part is real and what part is fiction? If you want to learn all about physio taping and how it could possibly help you, we propose you to follow this presentation as we will cover everything about it, from A to Z.

Definition In essence, taping is a type of strapping that makes use of a special tape – fastened to the skin – to keep bones and muscles in place. It helps in diminishing pain and assists in recovering from overused muscles and injuries. •

It works effectively without impeding blood circulation or one’s ability to move

It is used in non-restrictive taping to give support to the muscles and joints, thus making them more stable

Inability of the muscles to work properly may lead to certain symptoms. The physio tape was developed to help in preventing the occurrence of these symptoms by providing continual support to the muscular system

Physio Taping Therapy Apart from providing general muscle support, physio taping can help treat different conditions afflicting the muscles and/or joints such as: • Back strains and pain • Carpal tunnel syndrome

• Injuries to the groin and hamstring

• Sprained ankle

• Rotator cuff injury

• Herniated or slipped disc

• Tennis elbow

• Subluxation or partial dislocation

• Patella tracking

• Knee problems

• Edema after surgery

• Shoulder conditions

• Plantar fasciitis

Benefits of Physio Taping Now that we have tackled the different conditions that physio taping can help you with, let us see exactly what benefits this technology can offer you: •

Being tex based – with adhesive on one side –, tape gives continual support to the muscles and joints, particularly those that sustain maximum stress while playing or exercising/training

Tape can correct how muscles work

Tape is effective in alleviating pain

Benefits of Physio Taping •

Upon application, tape narrows the blood vessels and, in turn, helps your circulatory system. Increased blood circulation means more energy and nutrients passing through the areas of the body that need them the most

Tape also exerts pressure on the muscles upon application, which diminishes sensation on the skin

People who rely on tape can make use of their muscles longer because they become immune to fatigue and soreness

It promotes healing and recovery

Once in place, it can be used for several days without budging

It is water-resistant

How to Apply Physio Tape Case study : Considering that the application of the tape needs to be done depending on the condition at hand, let us check how to perform it to treat a case of tennis elbow: •

You will need a Y-shaped tape which consists of a two-foot-long strip. This can be accomplished by making a cut in the middle going halfway of the entire strip


The intact part is taped to the wrist and goes up with only a bit of stretching

How to Apply Physio Tape •

An arm of the Y strip is applied to bind the forearm up to just below the elbow. This is done while applying only medium stretching or only twenty percent of its entire capacity


The other tip of the Y tape is used to cover the forearm, this time in the other direction using forty percent of its stretching capacity and ending almost at the elbow


Another strip 1 foot in length is used to fasten the tip of the elbow

When correctly applied, the person should experience significantly lesser pain as opposed to what he would feel if there was no tape at all

Conclusion If you're involved in any kind of sports, you are bound – at one time or another – to get hurt and lose some of your efficiency. Physio taping can be a great tool to add to your arsenal not only to ensure your full recovery, should you get injured, but also to help you improve your performance. We hope that this presentation has opened your eyes to the many possibilities of physio taping. It may not represent the end-and-be-all of prevention systems but it may make for a nice change to your ice packs and other anti-inflammatory gels.

To learn more about physio taping and other physiotherapy techniques, please visit: CBI Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre - Ottawa East 1400 Street Laurent Blvd. 4th Floor Ottawa Ottawa, ON K1K 4H4 (613) 742-6108

All You Need to Know about Physio Taping