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Prophylactic Taping, Support & Splinting

Prophylactic Taping

Athletic taping an injured area can help to reduce movement in painful ranges while allowing an individual to continue with their activities (within reason) with less discomfort.

Depending on the type of injury, athletic taping may be superior to wearing a pre-fabricated brace by having a snug fit against your body shape and size, additional layers of tape strengthen area being supported and easy to fit under equipment and tight footwear. 

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Neuro-Proprioceptive (NP) Taping

Neuro-proprioceptive taping can be used as an aid providing support to the patient between treatment sessions; allowing the patient to focus on performing daily activities and their home rehab program(s) with minimal restrictions.

  • Applications can be used to activate, relax, or reduce swelling to soft tissue.
  • The NP tape stays on your body for ~ 3-5 days of relief and/or support for the patient.
  • NP tape is made of cotton with minimal sensitivity to adhesive, durable, and water resistant. Please advise your athletic therapist of any skin sensitivities - a clear film barrier is applied to the area being treated to reduce the likelihood of any skin irritation.

What to do after receiving NP taping

  • Effectiveness of the NP tape will reduce with extended wear time. Patients usually feel less support days 3-5.
  • No issue getting the NP tape wet but may wet your clothing depending on how much tape is applied to your skin.
  • If the tape starts peeling at the edges, use scissors to trim the edges (we want round edges to prevent peeling of the tape. A flat (straight) edge is easier to brush against clothing, etc. causing the tape to peel).

Post treatment care:

  • Pat tape dry with towel after bath / shower.
  • Keep oils and lotions away from NP tape to prevent a break down the tape's adhesive.
  • Use adhesive remover like Mueller Tape and Tuffner Remover to take off tape without damaging skin. Scroll down below to watch how simply it is to remove any adhesive tape with the right tools.
  • Discontinue use if skin irritation occurs. Please inform treating therapist.
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Supportive Wrapping

Supportive wrapping can be used during various stages of the patient's injury rehab depending on the presentation of their injury (swelling and bruising (contusions), affected area(s), and functionality.

  • Can be applied on top of the patient's clothing or directly against their skin.
  • Supplies used for support may be a tensor, groin wrap, athletic tape, elastic tape and/or dense foam.
  • The athletic therapist will show the patient how to apply supportive wrapping for daily use to manage their pain while improving overall mobility and function.
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Taping Resources

Keep your skin intact by using a tape cutter to slice through the athletic tape  for removal.

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Academy Athletic Therapy Inc.

Unit 1 - 695 Osborne Street

Winnipeg, MB   Canada   R3L 2B9

 (204) 930-2256

 (204) 504-6233

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Monday  to Thursday                7:30 am - 6:00 pm

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