An Illustrated Guide To Taping Techniques: Principles and by Thomas John Hewetson MSc Sports Injury and Therapy

By Thomas John Hewetson MSc Sports Injury and Therapy BSc(Hons)Osteopathic Medicine Diploma Osteopathy PG Dip Sports Injury and Therapy PG Cert Sports Science, Karin Austin BPT BSc, Kathryn Gwynn-Brett BSc PT, Sarah Marshall BSc PT

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Note: The following three charts are intended to clarify the classification and degree of injury. They outline the various aspects of treatment and put taping procedures in perspective relative to the total treatment plan. Taping alone is not a definitive treatment, but rather a protection and means to facilitate a safe, speedy recovery. , one can easily remember the basic treatment elements for acute soft tissue injuries: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Support. S. for first 48–72 hours taped support allowing for possible swelling non-weightbearing first 48 hours.

Which one do you choose and why? Why do we compress the injury? How long do you need to compress the injury for? And for what period of time? How much compression is necessary? • Many authors recommend elevating an injury. However, no evidence was found either for or against the use of such a treatment modality. How are you going to recommend that the patient elevate the injury site? Do they need to elevate a shoulder injury? How long should you elevate for and for what period of time? • Support can take many guises; what type of support is going to be best for your patient?

These areas require special care when taping as the prominent points easily develop skin blisters and abrasions under tape because they lack significant subcutaneous protection. If tape strips are applied too tightly over these areas, the compression can result in compromised circulation, neural compression or acute pain leading to impaired performance. Basic Pathology 4 Useful mnemonic for assessment Useful Mnemonic for Assessment As discussed in Chapter Three, before beginning any taping procedure it is important to assess the injured region in order to determine the most appropriate treatment and taping application.

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