Athletic Taping Specialist in Vancouver BC, and Surrey, BC
Athletic taping is a technique that involves placing adhesive tape on particular parts of the body during physical activity to provide support, stability, and injury prevention. Athletic taping benefits include a decreased chance of sprains and strains, increased muscle and joint functioning, pain reduction, and greater performance by promoting appropriate biomechanics. Learn more about athletic taping and how it will help you get back into the “game.” Connect with our team of professionals at Prosper Health & Rehab or visit us. For more information, contact us or book an online appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you.
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Traditionally, taping has been used to prevent injuries, especially among athletes. The purpose of this method is to keep muscles or bones in a certain position by using a rigid athletic tape. Ankles, wrists, and hands are some of the areas of the body where this is used. When exercising and playing competitive sports, this added support can help prevent sprains, breaks, and other injuries.
Athletes can also maintain their flexibility and comfort while exercising or competing with athletic tape because it does not restrict their range of motion. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, this athletic tape has been shown to increase the range of motion. During workouts, the athletic tape may be the key to alleviating chronic muscle fatigue or cramps. To prevent injury and increase effectiveness, the elastic therapeutic tape should always be applied by a certified athletic training professional. Less restrictive tape is also used by athletes to prevent injuries.
Keep skin clean and free of injuries or conditions such as eczema. If needed, reinforce the tape with protective padding as directed by your athletic trainer. It is largely dependent on the type of muscle being taped as to where the tape should be placed. Tape should be applied smoothly and not so tight that circulation is cut off. It may be too tight if the individual feels “pins and needles.” In this case, remove the tape by cutting it and replacing it with a longer piece.
There are many obvious advantages to using kinesiology (also known as K-Tape) tape in the clinical setting. Firstly, because it is mainly cotton-based, it breathes and does not require drying in the shower. Due to its flexibility, it is perfect for knees and other joints that need to move. In addition to bruising mitigation, injury prevention, and rehabilitation, kinesiology tape can also help with oedema.
A joint’s range of motion is reduced by sports tape more than by K tape because it is stronger, stickier, and offers less flexibility. If you have hypermobile joints or an active injury, this is the best choice.
Water resistance makes kinesiology tape suitable for showers and other moisture-contacting activities. The tape is strong enough that you can use it for three to five days without irritating the skin or underlying structures. In addition to providing support, kinesiology tape allows you to have a normal range of motion.
The athletic tape, on the other hand, should only be applied a few minutes before an activity and removed immediately afterward to prevent further damage. Leaving it on for too long can irritate the skin because it is not waterproof. It is often recommended that the tape be pre-wrapped with a non-adhesive material instead of being applied directly to the skin.
There are several options when choosing which type of athletic tape is right for you. A popular type of athletic tape is elastic therapeutic tape. To increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage, this athletic tape is used during exercise preparation to lift the skin a little bit, leaving enough space between the skin and muscles. It can help prevent muscle cramps, spasms, and other common sports injuries by increasing blood flow.
In addition to its host of preventative benefits, athletic taping can also be used during injury rehabilitation. Using athletic tape to restrict certain muscles and joints’ range of motion can help the body heal faster than if the movement was not restricted. Additionally, it can be used as a splint to aid in the healing of sprained joints. Traditional athletic tape can help reduce swelling, which can relieve pain and prevent further injuries by compressing the muscle. Athletic taping specialists are available at Prosper Health & Rehab. For more information, call us or book an online appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you. We serve patients from Vancouver BC, Surrey BC, Burnaby BC, Richmond BC, Langley BC, and Coquitlam BC.