HOW DOES IT WORK?
The tape is not rigid like strapping tape, it's flexible, comfortable and functional, allowing and encouraging full range of movement. The wave pattern found on the tape's adhesive has a lifting effect on the skin which can reduce swelling and inflammation by improving circulation and reduce pain by taking pressure off pain receptor. The Therapist uses the tape over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over-contraction. It is applied with a stretch to the tape or to the target area in order to create space under the skin and create the desired effect on the musculature. This affect causes changes in deeper layers of fascia by manipulating the skin and muscle, creating space underneath the skin to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage. By utilizing a number of corrective techniques, the Therapist can promote correct muscle and joint function, as well as pain relief by targeting the pain and the source of the pain. Applications of the tape involve utilizing single I strips or modifications in the shape of an X or Y or other specialized shapes. The tape is used in sport and rehabilitation for muscle relaxation or muscle facilitation. For muscle relaxation the tape is applied from the end of the muscle to the beginning (Insertion to Origin). This creates the muscle to reduce in tension (relaxation) and used in Physiotherapy treatments. For muscle facilitation, the tape is applied from the beginning of the muscle to the end (Origin to Insertion). This stimulates tired or underused muscles and mostly used in rehabilitation.