Dynamic taping is an extremely useful tool as part of treatment, depending on your specific problem. The technique is modified in countless different ways to help recovery. Physiotherapists know which taping to use, where to apply it and how to assess whether it is working.
There isn’t a recipe for dynamic taping, but rather guidelines and general principles that your physiotherapist follows. For example, if you Google “how to strap shin splints” it might take you all day to go through all the videos, pictures and articles you find. How will you know which one to choose? Simply put, it depends on your diagnosis, severity, stage of healing and so much more. Physiotherapists are experts in diagnosing injuries and finding the structures causing your pain. That is how we know which technique to use.
There are some aspects to the techniques that is quite standard, though. Dynamic tape should be applied directly to the skin. Often, but not always, this is over the injured or painful area. Your skin should be clean and hair removed if possible to ensure that the tape adheres to your skin. The strapping used by physiotherapists is designed to stay on for a couple of days, so you can bath, shower or swim without removing it. When it’s time to remove the tape, gently lift one edge of the tape and then systematically remove the whole strip. Do not simply rip off the tape – this might seem like a good idea, but it damages the top layer of your skin. No need in tearing off your skin.
As you progress during your recovery, your physio changes the type of tape they use, to give you the maximum benefit. Healing is an evolving process that requires adaption as you get better. Just like you might start off in a cast after a fracture, then a hard brace, then a soft support. Dynamic taping is one of the supports we use to achieve our goals.