Rehabilitative taping has been shown to offer support to hypermobile joints, relieve inflammation, provide postural support, help joints track more efficiently and for many other reasons.
The therapists at Montclair Physical Therapy, Inc. utilize Kinesio Tape, Rock Tape, and McConnell Tape in their treatment programs. Each of these taping methods provide different desired effects for our clients. Many of our therapists are certified in these techniques and have developed their taping skills beyond the traditional curriculum offered in their licensing programs.
Not only does the material and plasticity of the tape play a factor, the shape and orientation does as well, for example:
- The “Y” cut is most commonly used. It is used for muscles, like the deltoid (the muscle forming the rounded contour of the shoulder), so that it can surround the muscle to inhibit or facilitate stimuli.
- The “I” cut is used for acute injuries in small or linear places primarily for edema (a collection of fluid in the spaces between cells of the body – swelling) and pain. For example, an I-shaped piece of tape can be applied to the teres minor (the muscle that laterally rotates the arm and assists in bringing it toward the body) or rhomboid minor (a small skeletal muscle on the back that connects the scapula with the vertebrae of the spinal column).
- The “X” cut is used for muscles that change depending on movement, such as the biceps femoris (a two-headed muscle located on the back of the thigh, which causes both hip extension and knee flexion).
- The “Fan” cut provides large coverage area and flexible positioning of the tape, which helps facilitate and channel the lymph drainage more effectively and decrease edema (swelling). It is commonly used for treating lymphedema (a backup or congestion of lymphatic fluid) because the Kinesio Tape allows for greater drain of the lymph, and as the body moves, the tape acts as a pump continually stimulating the lymph circulation on a 24hr/day basis. The “Web” cut is just a modified fan cut, where both base ends are left intact with strips being cut in the middle part of the Kinesio strip.
- The “Donut” cut is primarily used for edema in a focal or sport specific area. Overlapping strips are used and the center is cut over the area being treated.
There are a few different ways you can benefit from our taping services. If your physical therapist or physical therapist assistant finds that taping is indicated to resolve your impairment those services would be included in your routine follow up visits after an initial evaluation. We are also offering taping services independently from routine physical therapy treatments on a “Fee for Service” basis.
Reach out today to find out more about how our taping services can help alleviate your pain, improve your performance, or support improved posture.