This is probably the most common question that we get asked when we are at events and on our courses. We constantly speak to people who have been taped by their physio and felt the benefits, but don’t really understand how the tape works. The same for those coming across tape for the first time.
As it currently stands, the honest answer is…we don’t 100% know. We can only theorise. As with many sports medicine treatments (such as massage, acupuncture, cupping and taping) there really isn’t the gold standard research for us all to agree exactly what is happening, but the research is developing all the time, and with us so do our theories. Much of what we know about taping is purely from clinical experience of our therapists using the tape in practice and seeing or feeling the results first hand. This is how the majority of the applications we teach have developed too, but we always try to empower those we teach to experiment with new applications and use the basic concepts alongside their imagination to find the best approach. Taping can’t be done as a paint-by-numbers approach.