Dynamic Taping - The Biomechanical Tape
Dynamic taping is used in musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries. It is applied using the biomechanical principles that helps to support the joint, facilitate muscle activity and control the bony lever both in magnitude and direction. Dynamic taping is a new form of taping, which has a unique physical properties unlike the other tapes in the market.
It has got a high degree of stretch with no rigid end point. It can stretch at least 200% and still have strong elastic resistance and recoiling property. It is stretchable in all 4 directions that allows three dimensional movements which is unique of its kind. This visco-elastic property of the tape helps to provide a greater resistance to loadand decelerate pain producing movement. In sports, it will store energy and then assist motion without limiting range of movement essential for athletic performance.
Dynamic Tape acts mechanically like a spring to strongly decelerate or assist motion to improve movement patterns. From foot drop to football, Dynamic Tape is a trusted ally for leading athletes, clinicians and patients.
Dynamic taping can help to reduce load on injured or overworked structures like a muscle strain, ankle sprain, tennis elbow or plantar fasciitis and can assist where weakness is present e.g. after ACL repair (to assist quadriceps to reduce extensor lag) there by it can address risk factors associated with pain or re-injury.
The Effectsof dynamic taping can be immediate, observable and measurable.
Conditions in which Dynamic Taping can be applied
The body has 14 segments and that each body segment is essentially served by six myofascial units (mf units) consisting of monoarticular and biarticular unidirectional muscle fibres, their deep fascia (including epimysium) and the articulation that they move in one direction on one plane. Numerous muscle fibres originate from the fascia itself and, in turn, myofascial insertions extend between different muscle groups to form myofascial sequences.
In some people, the deep fascia densifies or hardens which can restricts the fascial gliding there by altering the movement pattern. This can cause pain and dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system. By releasing the fascia at certain coordination (CC) and fusion points (CF) of the fascia, the normal gliding of the fascia is restored. This leads to normalization of movements and reduction of pain.
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Dequervain’s tenosynovitis
- Tennis Elbow/Golfers elbow
- Wrist Sprain/Ankle Sprain
- Patellar tendinitis
- Foot Drop/Wrist Drop
- Flat Foot/ Navicular Drop
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Hallux Valgus/Bunion
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Patellar Tendinitis
- Rotator Cuff Strain, Painful Arc
- ACL Injury, MCL or LCL Sprain
- Muscle Strain
- Neural Tension
- Other innumerable Musculo-skeletal and neurological conditions.
NOTE : Though Dynamic Taping cannot directly heal the structures, it can provide a conducive environment by supporting the injury and facilitating certain movements to let the recovery happen by its own, in a smooth and faster way. Exercises as deemed required would be concurrently given in line with the nature and type of the impairment or dysfunction.
It can be also used in any instances where the muscles force must be augmented or inhibited. Based on the direction of the application of the taping, the forces in the muscles can be altered. This property of the tape will immensely help in sports performance in order to increase the force production for a particular type of movement. This will give the athletes a potential edge to excel in their sports.
Typically each application will stay for two to three days though some patients might be comfortable up to 5 days. Very rarely skin breakdown might happen due to the sensitivity of the skin. The quality of the tape is international standard and hardly people will get any reactions out of the tape glue.
We at APTER Institute are certified Dynamic taping practitioners. Our Course Instructors carry vast experience in treating broader population for varied clinical conditions. Dynamic taping in addition with corrective exercise will be a great combination for a swift recovery.
Feel free to contact us, if you need any other clarifications on Dynamic Taping.