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Postural and sports taping

Taping techniques allow the body to be supported in a position to speed recovery, support joints and ligaments, provide pain relief and encourage normal function.

We use specialized tape and apply it to the specific injured area. Taping works for the following:

  1. To correct posture we apply tape to your shoulder girdle to draw your shoulder blades back into their optimal position. This allows relief of incorrect and tiring muscle work. This also works on your muscle memory so your body can remember where it should be.
  2. To offload stressed areas. Around an injured area certain muscles may increase their activity (spasm) or you could be placing undue stress on a particular area. Taping releases the tension and places it back where it is designed to be and should be.
  3. Pain relief - tissue that is injured or overworking due to a muscle imbalance (such as the muscles of the neck in bad postures) can be given a break when the tape takes the tension away.
  4. Support - in the case of an injury that has affected a supporting structure i.e. an ankle sprain disrupts the ligaments that hold your ankle stable, the tape can provide the short term support instead.

Kinesio Taping

You may have seen bright coloured tape on other runners or athletes and wondered if it was a new form of body decoration; or you may have heard of people who have been “taped” – but just what is Kinesio Tape.

Kinesio Tape is used to give support after an injury and during rehabilitation to prevent overuse.

It’s used to reduce pain, enhance performance, prevent injury, promote improved circulation/healing and help prevent muscle cramping and lactic acid build up.

Different to traditional taping, Kinesio Tape works with the body to allow for full range of movement.

The body’s damaged tissue can rest and heal naturally despite continued use.

The tape is 100% cotton which means it is breathable and lasts several days through sweating, bathing and even swimming.

Who uses it?

Many world-class athletes now swear by the tape such as: Serena Williams, David Beckham, Lance Armstrong, Lleyton Hewitt, and Tiger Woods. Meb Keflezighi, winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon, and Molly Huddle, current American record holder in the women’s 5,000-meter run, are just two of the many top-flight runners who use Kinesio Tape in their training.

Kinesio Tape is now used in practically every sport and at all levels from elite athletes to weekend warriors.

Why are runners turning to Kinesio Taping for improved performance?

Kinesio Tape can be used to treat many running-related injuries. It supports the muscles and increases circulation around injuries and other painful areas, and is frequently used by runners prone to shin splints. It can also help with the following: plantar fasciitis, runner’s knee, ankle sprain, achilles tendonitis and more!

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