03/09/2018 · 3 min read
Why You Should Be Using Meridius Adapta Tape in Your Physiotherapy Practice
‘There was a significant increase in pressure pain threshold, decrease in pain level and function disability index with kinesio tape group…’ – Effect of kinesio tape in myofascial pain syndrome ‘Randomized Control Trial’ A. Abdelfattah, O. Kattabei, S. Nasef, A. Semaya
Using kinesiology tape in physiotherapy practices has become increasingly widespread since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when swathes of athletes were seen with this brightly coloured tape across different parts of their bodies.
Aiming to help everything from posture and increasing blood flow to muscle recovery and helping to reduce pain, kinesio taping has become a popular service in physiotherapy practices across the country and further afield. So naturally, it’s important for practitioners to choose the best kinesiology tape for their clients.
What makes good kinesiology tape?
Kinesiology tape has to have several attributes in order to make it worthwhile using.
- It needs to have bi-lineal stretch in its fabric. Without this function, the tape will be limiting and could inhibit movement as opposed to supporting it.
- It needs to be sticky – but not too sticky. Kinesiology tape needs to adhere well to the skin through a huge range of movements and activities including swimming. If the kinesio tape is not sticky enough, it may roll at the edges, move position or catch on clothing. Too sticky however, and the patient will have difficulty, pain and irritation when removing it.
- It needs to be hypo-allergenic. Harsh glues and chemicals can irritate skin and in order for kinesiology tape to be a viable therapy for a broad range of clients, it needs to be hypo-allergenic.
- It needs to have a good stretching ability. Aside from the bi-lineal stretch mentioned above, good kinesiology tape needs to be able to have a good range of stretch, ideally between 120-160% stretch. Too little stretch will limit movement and too much stretch will reduce any positive effect.
The main use of kinesiology taping within physiotherapy
A relatively new form of therapy, kinesiology taping has undergone many studies, but few randomised controlled studies and its benefits are overwhelmingly anecdotal. This limits the industry’s ability to directly make claims as to the efficacy of kinesiology taping, despite its huge uptake amongst professional physiotherapists.
Anecdotally, kinesiology tape is said to alter myofascial tension, relieving pain and decreasing recovery times for tired and injured muscles. Kinesio tape has also been shown to increase an athlete’s perception of how their muscles are moving, as the tape stretches as the muscle stretches and the skin delivers this message along with the muscle.
The use of kinesiology tape in posture correction is also common as the tape can be placed in a way that draws the patient’s attention to times when they are slumping, or standing or sitting with poor posture.
Therapeutic taping has been used to treat sports injuries in physiotherapy practices for many decades with good levels of success. It’s clear the kinesiology tape is a refinement of the classic tapes and is specifically developed to be as comfortable and as non-irritating as possible.
It might be tempting just to buy budget KT tape Sports Direct style – but you won’t do your practice or patients any favours. Cheap kinesio tape usually doesn’t last long, lacks the necessary stretch and often irritates the skin. Good quality kinesiology tape is much more comfortable, longer lasting and doesn’t leave a sticky mess once the patient removes it.
How Adapta Tape can improve your kinesiology taping practice
We’ve developed Meridius Adapta Tape to be one of the best kinesiology tapes on the market. It’s clear that patients won’t use therapies that are uncomfortable and irritating and tapes that create these results cause more frustration than useful therapy. When it comes to injury management and prevention, Adapta Tape is a fantastic choice.
That’s why we’ve created a tape with the following features;
- 140% stretch
- Bi-lineal elastic stretch
- 75% high-quality cotton
- Easy to cut
- Non-irritating glue that leaves no residue when tape is removed
- Can be comfortably left on for up to four days
- Pain-free removal
- Soft touch
We provide Meridius Adapta Tape in 10 colours (because why wear something boring?) and in levels of 5 metres and 32 metres. With our smart, black packaging, our Meridius Adapta Tape boxes look professional in your physio clinic and the tape is easy to dispense and cut to length with no fraying.
We’ve been working with physiotherapists around the country for years, aiming to provide professionals with the highest quality tools to aid their practices and impress their clients.