Physiotherapists use strapping tape to achieve stability or retrain movement. When your body has a dysfunction or muscle imbalance, the physio can improve the movement pattern and correct the muscle imbalance by strategically placing tape. It can be used around a joint that needs support, along a muscle to elicit better muscle recruitment or along the nerve pathway to reduce neural tension. Strapping is often used on patients that participate in sport to get them back to training earlier and safer.
The physiotherapist will apply the tape to your skin and you will be instructed to keep it on for as long as possible (usually 3-5 days). The tape will stay on in the shower and should last at least 2-3 days.
Strapping can be used for the following conditions:
- Ankle ligament sprains and tears
- Knee ligament instability
- Patella mal-tracking
- Shoulder dysfunction
- Postural retraining
- Back pain
- Tennis elbow
- Sciatica and neuralgia