Taping – Your Need To Know Guide

Taping can play an essential part in rehabilitation and injury prevention and at Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, we use it frequently to support our clients throughout their injury recovery journey.

What does taping actually do?

Taping aims to help provide extra support and structure to injured or inflamed joints. This can help by taking some pressure from the joint and allow it to move in the desired directions. It can also limit movement in the same way, preventing already strained or stretched ligaments and other soft tissues from stretching too far once again. This support has also been found to reduce pain for a lot of patients and improve their confidence in getting back to their original skill and fitness regime.

Are there different types of taping?

There are three main types of taping, and they relate to the material used and their function:

Rigid Tape – is tough in texture and provides a lot of support. It is generally used to minimise movement and when used correctly can “guide” joint movement to enhance stability but still allow the client to participate in their desired activities.

Kinesiology Tape – often referred to as KT Tape, has come with significant developments over the past few years and is becoming widely used by athletes, physiotherapists and physical activity enthusiasts alike. It provides support to soft tissue, specifically muscles and ligaments and it works by replicating similar movements through its elastic texture.

Although it’s not as supportive as rigid tape, it offers a lot more movement and flexibility which can be perfect during rehabilitation.

Elastic Taping – is much lighter and elastic in texture and provides less support than rigid and KT tapes. Its flexibility is widely favoured for clients who have to tape over longer periods of time, and perhaps need the reminder and light support day-to-day. These often have a cotton base, and this can make them breathe better and be more comfortable.

Before you rush to buy some tape, check in with your physiotherapist to:

  • See what they recommend for YOUR injury
  • Allow them to teach you the most effective taping technique for YOUR mobility and support
  • Recommend a brand(s) that will best suit YOU, with YOUR BODY in mind
  • Develop a plan for your taping, and set goals for YOUR BODY and activities

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.