Heather is a certified Rock Tape practitioner.

Types of Taping

Kinesiology Taping
Mulligan Taping
Athletic Taping

Kinesiology Taping

100% elastic and cotton fibers; latex free; adhesive and heat activated; tape may last 2-3 days and in some cases up to a week.

Conditions Treated with Kinesiology Taping

Muscle imbalance
Postural Insufficiency
Circulatory and Lymphatic Conditions
Ligament, Tendon, and joint injuries
Fascial Adhesions
Pathological Movement Patterns
Neurological Conditions

Application Techniques vary based on Goals of Taping, such as:

Decreased edema/increased circulation
Assist in coordination
Facilitates muscle
Support and stability w/o restriction of movement
Relieve pressure
Mimic property of skin

Types of Tape:

Kinesio TeX Tape
SpiderTech Tape
KT Tape
Rock Tape
Mummy Tape
Theraband Tape

Effects of Kinesiology Taping

Lifts fascia and soft tissue above are of pain/inflammation
Provides sensory stimulation to assist or limit motion
Provides position stimuli through the skin
Creates temperature changes

Athletic Taping:

More rigid tape with less elasticity
Used to limit or assist motion for fracture injuries or injury prevention
Compressive force application
Limited in wear time
Can have latex
Primarily used for restricting movement

Mulligan Taping Technique:

Applied after a manual therapy technique (Mulligan mobilization) to reinforce and extend therapeutic effect of the gains made through use of the Mulligan mobilization.

Rigid tape used, similar to athletic tape, and can have limited use for only 2-3 days. Care needs to be taken to watch for tissue breakdown upon use and remove slowly while holding skin down.