There are three main taping techniques recognized in the United States: White Athletic Taping, McConnell® Taping Technique, and Kinesio Taping® Method.
White Athletic Taping is the most commonly used taping technique in the U.S. The tape is extremely rigid and requires a pre-tape prior to application to protect the skin from irritation. Irritation is caused by the entrapment of moisture, high latex content, and severe compression of skin, muscles, and joints. It is typically applied immediately prior to an activity to prevent and protect acute injuries, left on for a short period of time, and taken off immediately after conclusion of activity. There are no rehabilitative uses or benefits.
McConnell® Taping is a bracing or strapping technique using a super-rigid, cotton mesh, highly-adhesive tape (EnduraTape®, LeukoTape®). It affects the bio-mechanics of the patient and is most commonly used for patellofemoral and shoulder subluxation, as well as lumbar, foot, and hip impingement. It is typically left on for a shorter period of time (no longer than 18 hours) due to its constricting and suffocating feel and adverse skin reaction. The technique is primarily used for neuromuscular re-education of the affected condition and is widely accepted by the medical community.
Kinesio Taping® Method is a therapeutic taping technique which not only offers patients and athletes the support they are looking for, but helps to rehabilitate the affected condition as well. Using a highly specific tape design that works with the body, allowing full range of movement-- in many cases range of movement will be improved – the Kinesio Taping® Method will not affect the patient’s bio-mechanics. Kinesio® Tex Tape is latex-free and safe for sensitive skin and may be used with populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric. There is no compression on the skin, making it “light to the feel” and allowing comfortable wear over a 3 to 5 day period. The water-resistant fabric wicks away moisture and allows the patient to bathe or even swim as usual. Lymph and blood circulation are facilitated in order to rehabilitate and relieve pain. It is used for virtually any clinical condition.
If you are a healthcare professional and are interested in learning the Kinesio Tape Techniques, sign up for the seminar that is being hosted at MK Orthopaedics on March 2 & 3. Sign up at www.jolietortho.com