1. What is taping?
Taping is a method of applying a therapeutic band that can heal variety of injuries and inflammatory conditions. It is used to change muscle tone, move lymphatic fluids, correct movement patterns and improve posture. It helps in reducing pain and improve healing of soft tissues.
2. How is kinesio taping performed?
Kinesio taping is performed by applying tape over the affected area with the muscles in a stretched position, from one end of the muscle to the other end. It is applied from origin to insertion of the muscle for support function and from insertion to origin of the muscle for rehabilitation purpose.
3. Why is taping performed?
Taping is performed for following purpose
- to reduce muscle soreness, fatigue
- to reduce pain and inflammation
- to improve lymphatic drainage and blood flow
- to improve healing of soft tissues
- to facilitate proprioception
- to improve posture
It is used for rehabilitation from sports injuries, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome.
4. What are the precautions to be taken while taping?
You should not apply tape on any broken or damaged skin. Individuals with sensitive skin should take special precautions like using sensitive skin test piece before full taping. If skin irritation occurs, then remove tape immediately. Extreme stretching of tape should be avoided. Avoid shower or any activity for about 2 hours after taping so that glue adheres properly.
5. Is taping contraindicated in any condition?
Taping is contraindicated in following conditions
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Damaged or broken skin
- Renal insufficiency
- Congestive heart failure
- Patients with fever