SPORTTAPE's K-tape (kinesiology tape) is an elasticated cotton tape that can aid function and reduce pain in many injuries and musculoskeletal impairments. It has evolved from traditional kinesiology tape to suit the demands of modern athletes and the techniques and principles that we believe in.
What is it used for in the clinic?
I use the tape as additional tool for things such as sports injuries and posture to extend the my help for a few days after the patients visit. An example of this is the tape helping with the correction of rounded shoulders by acting as sling to pull on the upper arm and shoulder whenever a patient drops back into an insufficient posture.
How can it work for posture?
Okay so it is nice to talk as if though the tape is amazing and it can help fix issues, but let me tell you how it can help posture. Picture it! Your shoulders giving you bother, they are rounded with your head is dropping forward and it is causing a massive amount of strain on the opposing muscles on the back i.e deep cervical (neck) flexors, rotator cuff, rhomboids and lower trapezius to name a few. These muscles are fighting a loosing battle in trying to pull your bone structure back into a better position and the myofascia (connective tissue surrounding muscles) has became tighter and tighter from having stayed in this position for so long.
So if I tell you "keep your shoulders back and down and retract your neck back into a straight position" you will most often fatigue and eventually drop back into a poor position and this where people are often accused of "giving up". But let me lay it out for you - this isn't you not trying hard enough, this isn't the the problem, this is quite simply physiology. We can't just change something that has developed over such a long time by simply moving into a better position as we will often just fatigue, ache or sometimes even forget.
What we should do is work together in appreciating the physiology behind your postural issue and use as many little tricks and techniques in and out of the clinic as possible to work at it. We together work from the bottom to get to the top, we don't try and jump into perfect posture and we certainly do not train the inhibited (weaker) muscles in building strength without firstly addressing the dysfunction.
Tape is just one of the many things that can help. I tape my patients in a position that was anatomically better than before but where they can still feel comfortable and feel just a slight 'reminder' to keep the shoulders in a better position. However, this technique is applied after stretching, soft tissue work and postural training in order to ensure the muscles are in an improved physiological state and that the opposing muscles that are facilitated (too tight) are stretched out and also more relaxed. This challenges and re-educates our proprioceptive cells (cells that give us ability to know where oneself is positioned in open space) into reporting new positive information to the central nervous system about where our joints and muscles are aligned. When this taping technique is done effectively with soft tissue massage, over time we then begin to introduce high rep exercises to firstly activate our weaker muscles then we gradually increase strength in these same muscles. I always encourage my patients to report all information about the issue to ensure progress is always made. I also periodically re-assess patients to monitor and support them in achieving a better posture for every stape of the way.
So why SPORTTAPE?
For a long time I have been buying and trying out all kinds of Kinesiology tape from many different suppliers. Since opening the clinic this became an important process as many of my patients have intense exercise routines which require their joints to move through maximal range and of course induces a lot of sweat.
When I first started taping at the clinic some tape stayed on for the promised amount of time (approximately 4 days) and some tape barely made it through the first night. I am now delighted to let my regulars know about this exciting new brand which I have tested on three sports case studies: a professional cyclist, swimmer and rower and three ordinary case studies: two office workers and myself a practitioner. For three separate applications on all these cases the tape achieved an adhesive score of at least three days which was absolutely fantastic. On the back of it working so well I have now decided this to be the best brand to use.
Thanks for reading,