What is therapeutic taping?

Stone Creek Chiropractic utilizes various taping techniques for two main reasons in the clinic. First, it is a treatment in between treatments. Since patients aren’t seen every day, the taping will provide therapy while the patient is at work and during activities of daily living. The second reason, is taping for specific sporting events and games. Dr. Nielsen has taped runners, as well as players of every major sport available. The methods of taping techniques are:

  • Taping over and around muscles in order to assist and give support or to prevent over contraction
  • Applying stretch to the tape or to the target area in order to create space under the skin and create the desired effect on the musculature
  • Affecting change in deeper layers of fascia by manipulating the skin and muscle
  • Creating space underneath the skin to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage
  • Utilizing a number of corrective techniques to promote correct muscle and joint function
  • Pain relief by targeting the pain and the source of the pain
  • Utilizing single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X,” “Y” or other specialized shapes
  • Applying base of tape with no tension to create pull towards the base
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What's The Difference

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Muscle Relaxation
Apply tape from the end of the muscle to the beginning (Insertion to Origin) Used to relax tired or overused muscles (therapy)
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Muscle Facilitation
Apply tape from the beginning of the muscle to the end (Origin to Insertion) Used to stimulate weak or underused muscles (rehabilitation)
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