Taping and bracing

 

Taping techniques and various braces and plastering can be used to protect an injured joint or body region whilst it is healing. We can assist you in what is most suitable for your condition. Taping and bracing can also be used as protection for a recent or a previously injured joint during sport or work activity. For example, ankle taping techniques have been found to reduce the incidence of ankle sprains during sport. We have a wide range of braces which can be purchased or hired to you on a weekly basis.

 

Most fractures require a period of immobilization, often about 6 weeks. These are usually either plaster or synthetic. Modern synthetic casts are both stronger, and most importantly lighter, than the old Plaster of Paris casts. In addition, modern waterproof lining under a synthetic cast makes the cast completely waterproof. This allows the patient to shower or even swim whilst in the cast. We stock a variety of casting materials and our physiotherapists are trained in the application of these casts.

 

Read on to discover more about Coffs Coast Sports Physiotherapy taping, bracing and plastering services.

 

Call us on (02) 6651 9622 to book an appointment.

 

What is rigid strapping tape?

 
Rigid strapping tape is a firm, non-elasticated tape that is applied to an injured area in order to protect it from further damage, as well as to assist in healing and rehabilitation.

 

When is rigid strapping tape necessary?

The purpose of rigid strapping tape is primarily to limit the movement of a joint or joints in order to reduce the likelihood of further injury and promote healing. There are a number of different injuries which may be helped by the application of strapping tape. Some of these include:

  • A sprained knee, or a knee that has tendon or ligament strains or weakness.
  • A pulled shoulder, or a shoulder that’s suffered injury to the rotator cuff.
  • Ankles and wrists may also be strapped if the ligaments, tendons or cartilage has been damaged.

Strapping may also be used to limit joint movement where a muscle has been torn, in order to allow the muscle to rest as part of the healing process.

 

Benefits of rigid strapping tape

Strapping tape is primarily intended to keep a joint fully or partially immobilised, to promote healing. Some of the benefits of rigid strapping tape include:

  • Improved healing.
  • Better joint stability.
  • Enhanced mobilisation.
  • Regulation of muscle activity.

 

What is Kinesio Taping?

 
Kinesio taping is a special type of taping that’s completed using an adhesive Kinesio tape. Its function is to reduce pain and increase lymphatic drainage. In contrast to rigid strapping, it doesn’t always restrict joint movement.

 

How Kinesio taping works

To work correctly, Kinesio taping needs to be applied in a specific way, usually by a skilled professional. The theory behind the effectiveness of Kinesio taping is that it minutely changes the amount of subcutaneous space available. This creates space for lymph to flow, ultimately resulting in enhanced healing and reduced pain.

 

Benefits of Kinesio taping

If correctly applied, Kinesio taping has been shown to bring a number of benefits. These include:

  • Reduce pain and discomfort.
  • Improve lymph flow.
  • Reduce swelling.
  • Promote healing.

 

When do you need a brace?

 
Braces are used on limbs when additional support is required for the limb to function normally. Leg braces enable patients suffering from lower limb weakness or trauma to mobilise more quickly, helping to promote healing and minimising muscle wastage.

 

How braces work

Braces work by enclosing the leg, usually with a hinge at the knee. The brace helps to stabilise the limb, making it easier to weight bare when standing and/or walking. The brace is held in position with straps, providing the leg with the support needed to mobilise.

 

Benefits of Braces

A well-fitted brace brings a number of benefits. These include:

  • Allowing patients with lower leg injuries to mobilise earlier, enabling them to carry out everyday activities.
  • Minimising the risk of muscle wastage and helping patients to maintain joint range of movement.
  • Allows patients to move, therefore promoting lymph and blood flow, which in turn accelerates healing.

 

If you’d like any more information or want to book an appointment, get in touch with us on (02) 6651 9622 or contact us online today!

Taping / Bracing / Plastering - CCSP
Taping / Bracing / Plastering - CCSP

Taping and bracing

 

Taping techniques and various braces and plastering can be used to protect an injured joint or body region whilst it is healing. We can assist you in what is most suitable for your condition. Taping and bracing can also be used as protection for a recent or a previously injured joint during sport or work activity. For example, ankle taping techniques have been found to reduce the incidence of ankle sprains during sport. We have a wide range of braces which can be purchased or hired to you on a weekly basis.

 

Most fractures require a period of immobilization, often about 6 weeks. These are usually either plaster or synthetic. Modern synthetic casts are both stronger, and most importantly lighter, than the old Plaster of Paris casts. In addition, modern waterproof lining under a synthetic cast makes the cast completely waterproof. This allows the patient to shower or even swim whilst in the cast. We stock a variety of casting materials and our physiotherapists are trained in the application of these casts.

 

Read on to discover more about Coffs Coast Sports Physiotherapy taping, bracing and plastering services.

 

Call us on (02) 6651 9622 to book an appointment.

 

What is rigid strapping tape?

 
Rigid strapping tape is a firm, non-elasticated tape that is applied to an injured area in order to protect it from further damage, as well as to assist in healing and rehabilitation.

 

When is rigid strapping tape necessary?

The purpose of rigid strapping tape is primarily to limit the movement of a joint or joints in order to reduce the likelihood of further injury and promote healing. There are a number of different injuries which may be helped by the application of strapping tape. Some of these include:

  • A sprained knee, or a knee that has tendon or ligament strains or weakness.
  • A pulled shoulder, or a shoulder that’s suffered injury to the rotator cuff.
  • Ankles and wrists may also be strapped if the ligaments, tendons or cartilage has been damaged.

Strapping may also be used to limit joint movement where a muscle has been torn, in order to allow the muscle to rest as part of the healing process.

 

Benefits of rigid strapping tape

Strapping tape is primarily intended to keep a joint fully or partially immobilised, to promote healing. Some of the benefits of rigid strapping tape include:

  • Improved healing.
  • Better joint stability.
  • Enhanced mobilisation.
  • Regulation of muscle activity.

 

What is Kinesio Taping?

 
Kinesio taping is a special type of taping that’s completed using an adhesive Kinesio tape. Its function is to reduce pain and increase lymphatic drainage. In contrast to rigid strapping, it doesn’t always restrict joint movement.

 

How Kinesio taping works

To work correctly, Kinesio taping needs to be applied in a specific way, usually by a skilled professional. The theory behind the effectiveness of Kinesio taping is that it minutely changes the amount of subcutaneous space available. This creates space for lymph to flow, ultimately resulting in enhanced healing and reduced pain.

 

Benefits of Kinesio taping

If correctly applied, Kinesio taping has been shown to bring a number of benefits. These include:

  • Reduce pain and discomfort.
  • Improve lymph flow.
  • Reduce swelling.
  • Promote healing.

 

When do you need a brace?

 
Braces are used on limbs when additional support is required for the limb to function normally. Leg braces enable patients suffering from lower limb weakness or trauma to mobilise more quickly, helping to promote healing and minimising muscle wastage.

 

How braces work

Braces work by enclosing the leg, usually with a hinge at the knee. The brace helps to stabilise the limb, making it easier to weight bare when standing and/or walking. The brace is held in position with straps, providing the leg with the support needed to mobilise.

 

Benefits of Braces

A well-fitted brace brings a number of benefits. These include:

  • Allowing patients with lower leg injuries to mobilise earlier, enabling them to carry out everyday activities.
  • Minimising the risk of muscle wastage and helping patients to maintain joint range of movement.
  • Allows patients to move, therefore promoting lymph and blood flow, which in turn accelerates healing.

 

If you’d like any more information or want to book an appointment, get in touch with us on (02) 6651 9622 or contact us online today!

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