At OrthoCanada, we often get asked our recommendations for the type of taping therapists or clinicians should use. Indeed, there is a vast selection out on the market. But not all taping products are the same. Let’s dive into the world of taping!
The problem with conventional taping
Conventional rigid athletic tapes, whether white or brown, have been used for years. However, there are many challenges to these types of tape:
Over the years, many elastic tape brands hit the market in order to address the challenges caused by traditional tapes. That was fantastic news back in the day as innovations in elastic taping were much needed for therapists.
However, today, the elastic taping market is quite saturated. OrthoCanada has heard from many therapists about the challenge of shopping for this type product from various vendors. Most feel they are bombarded with colours, how to use them, the pricing, and how to scout out good-quality tapes.
Over the past decade, K-Tape has become one the most recognized and widely used therapy method around the world. K-Taping Therapy was developed by physiotherapist Birgit Kumbrink, a pioneer in therapeutic taping.
K-Taping is a non-pharmaceutical therapy method that has been successful in treating a vast array of clinical conditions. Water-resistant, breathable and featuring an elasticity comparable to that of human muscles, K-Tape enables long wearing and comfort. What’s more: K-Taping continues to work for as long as the tape remains on the patient, which is usually around a week.
Another major advantage of K-Tape treatments is that the therapist can give the patient supportive therapy to take home, as this type of tape is much easier to use without substantial education.
K-Tape has a myriad of features that make it an ideal taping solution for clinicians:
A compelling K-Tape case study
One of the first instructors at K-Taping Academy Canada was Lois Pohlod, a sport physiotherapist from Calgary, Alberta. Lois is a registered international sport physiotherapist and GLAD Canada provider. She works at Physiotherapy InMotion in Calgary. Additionally, Lois is the Chief Therapist of the medical team for Team Canada for the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. She recently provided OrthoCanada with an osteoarthritis K-Taping case study to illustrate the performance of K-Taping and the importance of investing in a certified training course.
Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of physical inactivity in people over 65 years. Not only does the cartilage at the end of the bones degrade in OA but also other parts of the joint, such as the joint capsule, ligaments and the underlying bone, are affected. Many studies have shown that the cartilage needs moderate load through physical activity to regenerate itself.
Many Canadian patients with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee are taking part in the 7-week GLA:D Canada exercise and education program taught by health care professionals across the country.
He doctor recommended the GLAD program to help strengthen patient. During program, the patient feeling unstable on the left knee; she was terrified she will fall. The patient had an unloading brace; however, she felt she could not wear this for long periods of time While she was able to do the exercise program, the physiotherapist noted the need for more active knee support and recommended using the K-Tape technique.
The patient could only complete 1 set of 8-10 repetitions of each exercise due to balance issues, pain and fatigue.
In addition to the exercise program, the K-Tape was applied to the patient. She was able to wear the tape 3-5 days, and then remove and clean skin. The physiotherapist reapplied the tape and taught the patient how self-tape on her own. The techniques included:
Progress with K-Taping use
The patient progressed over the 7 weeks to 3 sets of 15 (the prescribed goal) for each of the exercises in the program. The patient’s post program testing improved by 25% and reported decreased pain, increased in balance. and boosted confidence.
Because K-Taping can support an extraordinarily wide range of therapies that can be used by physiotherapists, chiropractors, athletic therapists, massage therapists, osteopaths, kinesiologists, and medical doctors, investing bringing K-Taping to your clinic is a very viable option to provide quality care.
If you are just getting started or are a seasoned taper, here are some suggestions to getting started with K-Tape:
Discover K-Taping Academy Canada
Learn more about K-Taping is a holistic and non-pharmaceutical therapy method successful with an extremely wide range of clinical conditions. Established in Germany for many years, the K-Taping International Academy has become an important component in the range of modern therapies.
There are many Pro and Advance courses for Canadian clinicians. Get more information here:
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