Types of Physio strapping:
Elastic cream color strapping. This tape stretches in length when you pull it apart.
Uses: Compression over a wound, or protecting a muscle by compressing the muscle to the bone, but allowing normal movement.
Brown or White strapping. This tape doesn’t stretch when pulled apart.
Uses: Immobilization, joints kept in position.
Looks like a tattoo, usually flesh color with tattoos on. This tape can stretch when pulled apart and also in its length.
Uses: Assist with a specific movement.
Kinesiology Tape strapping
Comes in different colors like pink, blue, black, white. This tape can stretch when pulled apart but has very different characteristics opposed to other types of taping.
The tape itself is an elastic woven tape that comes in a variety of widths, colours and types, and is cut into different shapes. It may look like conventional athletic tape but it is fundamentally different in that it has a specific elasticity that plays a role in its effectiveness. There are different ways of applying the tape, depending on the aim of the strapping.
It is thin, like skin and is applied by professionals trained specifically for the different applications. It is placed on top of the skin strategically, and is effective for 3 to 5 days before it needs to be replaced. You can shower or swim with it. It does not contain any medication, instead its effectiveness is due to the design of the tape itself and its application by a trained physiotherapist.
Uses: Help improve performance of muscles by activating certain movement patterns.
Strapping is not the same as bandages. Bandages are used for compression over a wound.