Tape is often applied by physiotherapists as part of a treatment program to provide further joint stability, off load painful tissues, alter muscle activity and improve joint proprioception.

Before applying tape it is important to be assessed by a physiotherapist. There are thousands of different taping techniques and it is important to ensure you use a correct technique for your specific injury. Correct application is dependant on a specific diagnosis and it is important the correct technique is used to prevent further injury.

There is little conclusive evidence to identify exactly how taping works but what studies do seem to agree on is that it can help reduce pain (particularly with anterior knee pain) and it can help reduce the risk of injury (ankle sprains).

We are also trained at using Kinesiology Tape at our clinics. Kinesiology tape is designed to provide a number of benefits and is used throughout the sporting world. The benefits include improving joint proprioception, improving blood flow and lymphatic circulation, reducing pain, reducing muscle tension and improving posture. The evidence to support the use of kinesiology tape as a treatment method on its own is limited. However it is commonly used alongside other treatment methods such as exercise, postural correction, gait re-education etc. Benefits of the tape are that it stays in place for 3-5 days after showers, playing sport and completing day to day activities.

Can taping help me return to sport after an ankle sprain?

Yes. Taping an ankle can reduce the risk of re-injury. It was originally thought that tape reduces the risk of injury by restraining the joints but research has shown that the tape loses stability relatively quickly. It is now believed that the tape helps improve joint proprioception, which is the body's awareness of the joint in space, improving your joint reaction speeds to prevent the injury occurring again.

Can taping help the anterior knee pain I get with running?

Yes. Anterior knee pain can be caused when the knee cap does not run symmetrically up and down the groove in the thigh bone. This places abnormal loading forces on the cartilage on the underside of the knee cap, causing pain. Taping of the knee cap was introduced in the 1980's by an Australian physiotherapist called McConnell and as such this often known as McConnell taping. Theoretically applying the tape across the knee cap enables it to track normally thus reducing pain. Evidence has found this type of taping to be effective but the jury is out on how it works. Theories vary from the tape physically changing the position of the knee cap to the tape improving the timing at which the local muscles (Vastus Medialis Oblique) contract. It is also important to follow advice from your physiotherapist and complete the relevant exercises for knee pain in conjunction with using the taping methods.

If you would like to discuss your problem before booking an appointment please give our physiotherapy team a call, we will do our best to help.