Sports taping, or athletic taping is a fascinating treatment option that can provide a number of benefits, to the body's joints and soft tissue structures, especially in an athlete. Chiropractic care also focuses on the management and health of these structures, making taping a natural complement to the work we do as chiropractic physicians. So what does it do? Well, sports tape can be used to manage a variety of different conditions including, bruising, joint support, promoting proper joint motion and promoting proper healing and lymphatic fluid drainage. Depending on the type of condition being treated, your chiropractor will apply the tape in a certain way to promote the desired treatment outcome. There are several different brands of athletic tape that can be purchased, with an application lasting anywhere between 3 and 7 days, depending on the quality of the tape. They also come in a seemingly limitless variety of colors and patterns - this is just for fun!
If you've had athletic tape applied, follow these steps to ensure that your tape stays on as long as possible:
1. Your tape is safe to wear throughout any of your daily activities, including showering. Be sure that when you are in the shower, do not scrub over the tape but simply allow water to run over the affected area. Dab the tape dry with a towel once you're done.
2. If the edges become frayed, trim those regions with a pair of scissors, taking care not to cut yourself! This will decrease the amount of peeling that happens with the tape.
3. Do not peel off the tape or try to reposition the tape before you are ready to remove it. This will compromise the tape's "stickiness" and this will cause it to lose it's therapeutic effect and come fall off sooner than it should.
Following these simple steps will allow you to make the most of your athletic tape. For further questions about this topic and any others you have about your health, please feel free to contact our Daytona Beach Chiropractic office at (386) 872-7167.
Dr. Alesha Fleming
Natural Health and Wellness Chiropractic, LLC
Daytona Beach, FL
Dr. Fleming is a family chiropractor in Daytona Beach, Florida. She is passionate about preventative health care and nutrition and enjoys empowering her patients to improve their health and fitness, one day at a time!