If you have ever watched elite athletes you may have noticed that many have brightly colored tape adhered to their bodies, often on their knees or elbows. This is professional sports tape, but can also be used for people who aren't athletes! Our Burton-on-Trent & Derby chiropractors are able to provide this service for you.
Contrary to popular belief, the tape is not there to stabilise the joint. Instead, it is applied to help the person recognize any abnormal postures or movements of the joint.
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For example, let's suppose that a patient is suffering from knee pain. If the knee is functioning incorrectly it's only a matter of time until symptoms begin. If taped correctly, any abnormal movement of the knee will result in a slight pull from the tape - allowing the patient to alter their movement pattern accordingly.
Another example may be a desk worker who finds it difficult to maintain a good posture throughout the day. By taping specific areas, if the individual begins to 'slump' the feedback through stretching of the tape is a fantastic way to ensure they keep upright.
In other words, the tape acts as a reminder for the correct position for all joints and postures. This can aid recovery by preventing joints from being placed in positions of excess stress.