GUEST COLUMN: Dynamic Taping-A Multi-tiered approach to Biomechanical Taping - RYAN KENDRICK

Dynamic Taping aims to overcome these limitations to provide a strong mechanical effect (resistance/deceleration, assistance or compression) to assist in managing load directly via generating some of the force or indirectly via modification of movement patterns known to increase load. It does this without limitation to movement so that load management and balance/control strategies are not adversely affected and it should continue to function even when exercise challenges are introduced.

In order to achieve this, the viscoelastic Dynamic Tape stretches well over 200% and does not have a rigid endpoint like a kinesiology tape. It also stretches in all directions to allow full movement. As muscles have different angles of pennation, the four way stretch allows the tape to more closely mimic the function of the target muscle. Dynamic Tape is applied with the muscle or joint in the shortened position so that as lengthening occurs, the Dynamic Tape stretches and resists, thereby absorbing load and providing a deceleration force to reduce the eccentric demand on the muscle. Once deceleration is complete and shortening commences, the elastic potential energy is converted to kinetic energy to assist the transition to the concentric contraction.

Dynamic Taping is a mechanical approach which utilizes the ‘spring like’ load absorption and viscoelastic properties of this unique tape to manage the loading profile of weak, injured, overloaded or inhibited tissues. The clinical reasoning process will identify the aim of treatment and allow the development of a technique capable of addressing the specific needs of each individual client. In can therefore be incorporated into many management approaches to complement manual or exercise based therapies.

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