Do you often wonder why the pro athletes are wearing tape on various parts of their bodies? They do it to maximize their physical performance, protect themselves from injury, and reduce the onset of muscle fatigue, swelling or pain. Therapeutic taping has evolved quite a lot since it’s origins in 1920. Currently, there are three types of taping techniques that are used today: rigid, semi-rigid, and athletic, and the PTs at Pace West PT are trained in them all.
The ultimate goal of taping is to restore your authentic, pain free movement patterns. Taping does this by:
- Facilitating muscle contractions
- Inhibiting muscle contractions
- Decreasing swelling
- Supporting joints
- Reducing pain
- Improving circulation
- Enhancing proprioception (sensory input)
At Pace West Physical Therapy, we use athletic tape, semi-rigid leukotape, and elastic kinesiotape. Our therapists can show you a variety of taping techniques that you can don yourself and use outside of the clinic. Tape can be easily applied and can be comfortable to wear while participating in sports or other daily activities. Tape up and be the ultimate competitor!
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