Taping Comparison - Athletic vs McConnell Technique vs Kinesio
When you are injured, physical therapists and chiropractors are among the best options for leading your recovery. They’re skilled in relieving discomfort, decreasing inflammation, and showing you exercises that will help you return to normality. Among their varied treatments, they may apply tape or strapping to your injuries. Taping has been around for a long time. Today there are different kinds of tape and various techniques for applying them. Let’s see how kinesiology tape and techniques for applying it stack up against two other mainstays: athletic tape and the McConnell taping method.
This kind of tape used to be applied to injuries like handing out lollipops after a doctor’s visit. Athletic tape is all about security, firmness, and/or immobilization.Generally speaking, it’s intended to restrict movement and brace an injured area. Serious sprains and hairline fractures can require an initial period of immobilization and thus are taped heavily soon after the injury occurs. Later stages of recovery often require mobility and strengthening exercises, under the guidance of a professional, where stiff athletic tape is no longer appropriate and can even hamper progress.
Standard athletic tape is usually not elastic. Any varieties that are don’t generally maintain elasticity for long.Unlike kinesiology tape, standard athletic tape is not intended to stay on for long periods of time, so it must be removed and reapplied frequently. It shouldn’t get wet and sometimes even needs secondary methods for holding it in place (clips, socks, pins, bands, etc.). Even brands that cling to themselves lose their integrity with sweat and other moisture.
On top of all this, athletic tape often contains latex which causes allergic reactions and skin problems for some people.
Athletic tape has its uses, but there can be better ways.
This is more a technique for taping, although it often uses athletic tape or perhaps Elastoplast with a woven cotton tape applied first to give skin a protective barrier. In order to do it right, the McConnell taping technique should be performed by a qualified professional. It’s about pulling damaged areas into alignment and holding them firmly in a bid to assist biomechanics. This taping technique can support but often limits flexibility. It’s used for musculoskeletal problems, particularly in the knee, shoulder, ankle, hip, and lumbar region of the back.
The McConnell technique is frequently restrictive and does not always allow free flow of healing fluids. For these reasons, it shouldn’t be in place for longer than 18 hours at a time.
Some injuries are hindered by bracing and immobilization. Others eventually move beyond the need for such measures and require restored mobility. This is where kinesiology tape shines.For many injuries, itworks just as well as athletic tape or the McConnell method, if not better.Scientific study of people with anterior knee pain found kinesiology tape to be just as effective as the McConnell approach.
Kinesio taping is all about supporting mobility and lifting the skin away from an injury to allow a free flow of blood, fluids, movement and restorative functions. Unlike athletic tape or the McConnell method, kinesio tape allows skin to breathe and is much simpler to apply. It doesn’t even require a professional every time (although a professional should always be involved for ‘brace’ taping). Most often, it’s applied in strips along, across, or around the affected areas, instead of wrapping and constricting. Those strips, and their positioning, can be varied significantly as needed.
Kinesio tape is very flexible, adhesive, and free of latex. It can be used on any age of patient without adverse side-effects. It’s comfortable and can be left on for 3-5 days. In some cases, depending on level of activity, this can be stretched to a week. It’s also water-resistant.
It seems clear that in the comparison of athletic tape vs the McConnell technique vs kinesiology tape, the latter has many significant advantages.
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