Physiotherapist strapping man's injured shoulder


What does kinesio tape do?

Kinesiology tape aka strapping or taping stabilizes the injured area by lightly adhering to the skin and applying pressure to the tissues the tape is wrapped around. This tape allows the connective tissue surrounding the affected muscle or tendon to move along with the body. There are many types of tapes and even more techniques that they may be applied.  At Williams and Locke Physiotherapists we will ensure your strapping needs are met with correct choice of tape and expert application skills to assist in your recovery


Kinesiology tape’s main function is to assist in lymphatic drainage which reduces swelling and also in pain management through complex neural pathways.  The tape is light weight, breathable and is able to get wet and stay applied on you through any activity.  The average application lasts 3 days.  Kinesiology tape is made from low allergen, latex free materials which prevents skin reactions.

Rigid tape

Rigid tape is used primarily to stabilize joints during physical activity or to keep immobilized during recovery.  These tapes are most often applied to athletes upon returning to sports activity while the healing joints are still vulnerable to reinjury.

Active tape

Active tape is a four way stretch tape that possesses incredible force reducing properties.  This tape can reduce load on the injured joint while performing rehabilitation exercises, this makes it possible to load joints more while keeping pain low.

What are the benefits of Strapping?

  • Significantly reduces swelling and inflammation
  • Allows safer return to sport
  • Reduces pain
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Stimulates bruise and contusion recovery
  • Prevents and relieves muscle spasms and cramping
  • Increases and speeds up muscle recovery.
  • Supports muscle and joint injuries
  • It is comfortable
  • Reduces the risk of injury
  • Allows you to move freely
  • Improves muscle tone and strength

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