Heather is a certified Rock Tape practitioner.
Types of 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
Circulatory and Lymphatic Conditions
Ligament, Tendon, and joint injuries
Pathological Movement Patterns
Application Techniques vary based on Goals of Taping, such as:
Decreased edema/increased circulation
Assist in coordination
Support and stability w/o restriction of movement
Mimic property of skin
Types of Tape:
Kinesio TeX 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
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.