Today, there are many therapy choices to address problems involving patients and athletes. Many of the more popular choices are devices that give direct stabilization and support to the affected area. These devices do a good job of temporarily decreasing symptoms and pain, but in some cases, the side effects may outweigh the advantages.
According to the recent trends, there is a severe competition between Dynamic Taping Technique and Kinesio Taping Technique. The real question is:
Which Taping technique is more beneficial – Dynamic or Kinetic?
For the people who require some briefing, here you go:
Dynamic Tape is a form of Biomechanical Tape which stretches in all 4 directions over 200%. This creates a bungee-like effect decelerate motion and absorb load (reduce eccentric work of the muscle), store the energy. Once deceleration is complete and then re-inject it back into the system to assist movement as the muscle begins to shorten (concentric action). This allows to manage load and to modify movement by pulling the body part one way or resisting in another way but without any limitation of movement at all thereby allowing athletes to get into the very complicated positions that are necessary for their sport without any hindrance.
Kinesio Tape is a Rehabilitative taping technique which stretches about 140–170% depending on the brand and are designed to have the similar elasticity of the skin. They have weak elastic recoil which, when applied to the body with the muscle on stretch are aimed to lift the skin to create space beneath to take the pressure of pain-sensitive structures, to enhance circulation or to provide muscle facilitation or inhibition depending on the direction. It provides support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body ROM.
Both Tapes are made from different material, have different functions and acts differently on the body (physiologically). So the next questions are:
Which tape to use When?
Dynamic tapes manage loads, modifies movement and assisting function. So you can use it in the conditions like patella tendinopathy, Achilles tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff problems and muscle tears. Also used in cases like CP and Stroke to change movement pattern, in runners to improve their Lower limb biomechanics, in shoulder pain condition to improve the scapular position.
Whereas, Kinesio tapes help to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimize performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.
Every technique has its pros and cons, physiotherapists should be aware of it, responsible to weigh the necessity, critically judge the need of that technique and how much beneficial it is for the clients as every client is different. There is no point following the new trends blindly if it is not useful to the client.
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