If you follow any sports on TV you’ve likely seen someone with tape stuck to them in some way shape or form! So how does it work? Take a deep breath….here comes the technical part.
The tape that we use is made up from lightweight breathable reinforced cotton. This makes it strong, breathable and long-lasting. The mesh design also allows for moisture release (that’s PC for sweat), which is critical for comfort and wear-ability. Plus its waterproof too, for those who swim etc.
The mesh weave allows the tape to remain flexible yet supportive. It’s elasticity is also designed to mimic the human skin matching it’s elasticity exactly. This means the tape moves comfortably with your body’s tissue, releasing and recoiling like a rubber-band. No pinching, pulling or restricted movement.
The aim is to support the tissue, distribute the stress away from the inflamed area thereby reducing the risk of further injuring it whilst it’s recovering.
Sometimes referred to as ‘Western acupuncture’, this method involves Acupuncture needles being introduced into the skin and tissues below. The term ‘dry needling’ is often used so we can differentiate it from ‘injection needling’ where something is injected into tissue; like when you go to the doctors to get your jabs for holidays.
It’s a great technique intended to specifically target and restore muscle function, alongside aiding tissue healing and restoring tissue function back to normal. This is really important as continued activity with poor muscle function often leads to us re-injuring the area.
Clinically we use it in conjunction with other treatments, as it can be very effective at reducing pain levels and speeding up the healing process.
Trigger Point Therapy
The inside of your body, well everyones body, is lined with a soft tissue called fascia. A bit like cling film. This tissue covers all the internal structures including your muscles, organs, nerves and blood vessels and often stretches across vast areas of the body.
If it becomes overloaded by things like poor posture, repetitive strain injuries or trauma it can tear, we call this micro-trauma. The problems is that when it heals it often leaves ‘sticky adhesions’ in the tissue. These adhesions are often known as ‘trigger points’. You know those ‘knots’ you often feel in the muscles? Yup, it could be this! These things affect how well the muscles and surrounding tissues function. The result can be things such as stiffness, reduced range of motion and discomfort that can radiate out from the trigger point, known as a referral pattern. This can often be some way away from original site of the problem.