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Strapping in Injury Management

As physio’s that works with athletes of all levels, one powerful tool in our arsenal is strapping – a technique that involves applying specialised tape to support and stabilise injured areas.

In this blog, we’ll shed light on the uses and benefits of strapping during the crucial phase of returning from an injury.

The Role of Strapping in Rehabilitation

Strapping is a technique is popular in the field of sports and rehabilitation. It involves applying adhesive tape to affected areas of the body to provide support, reduce pain, enhance proprioception, and facilitate a smoother return to full functionality.

Let’s explore the various uses and benefits of strapping in injury rehabilitation:

Support and Stability

  • One of the primary functions of strapping is to provide external support and stability to injured joints or muscles.
  • This is particularly helpful during the initial stages of rehabilitation when the injured area may be weak or vulnerable.
  • Strapping helps offload stress from the injured tissues, allowing them to heal more effectively.

Pain Management

  • Strapping can help alleviate pain by providing gentle compression, which reduces swelling and improves circulation.
  • The tape also stimulates sensory receptors in the skin, creating a distraction from pain signals and promoting a sense of relief.
  • This is used primarily in the very initial phases of injury management to allow you to continue to load the injured area.

Enhanced Proprioception

Proprioception, or the body’s awareness of it’s position in space, is crucial for regaining functional movement after an injury.

Strapping enhances proprioception by providing sensory feedback to the brain, aiding in better joint control and coordination.

Facilitation of Correct Movement Patterns

Strapping can guide proper movement patterns by restricting excessive or harmful motions. This is particularly important when returning from an injury, as it helps prevent compensatory movements that could impede the healing process. This is useful in the upper limb for conditions such as frozen shoulder, or rotator cuff related pain.

Postural Correction

Strapping can be applied to assist in correcting postural imbalances caused by injury. By gently pulling on specific areas of the body, it encourages the adoption of healthier alignment, reducing strain on affected structures.

Psychological Support

The visual and tactile feedback provided by strapping can have a positive psychological impact on individuals recovering from injuries. It can boost their confidence, reduce fear of movement, and promote a sense of security as they regain trust in their bodies.

Return to Activity

Strapping allows for a more controlled and gradual return to physical activity.

By providing additional support, it enables individuals to engage in activities with confidence and support in the reloading phase of returning to activities such as change of direction or more intense sport related activities.

It may be under the advisement that you utilise strapping techniques alongside your rehabilitation program and continue this after the rehab is complete.

Strapping is a versatile and valuable tool in the rehabilitation toolkit.

Its ability to provide support, stability, pain relief, proprioceptive feedback, and postural correction makes it an indispensable asset when guiding individuals through the intricate journey of returning from an injury.

While strapping is not a standalone solution, it plays a vital role in facilitating the healing process and empowering individuals to regain their strength, mobility, and confidence step by step.

If you’re recovering from an injury, don’t hesitate to consult with a qualified physiotherapist to determine whether strapping could be a beneficial addition to your personalized rehabilitation plan.

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