First of all, what is neuro-proprioceptive taping?

They are the strips of colors that we see on professional or amateur athletes. They will generally be placed on an area like the knee, the shoulder or others.It is obvious that by looking at the positioning of the strips, they are not there to offer support as the use of traditional taping would.

So are they useful and are they effective?

These strips work differently than the traditional athletic taping we know. They were designed by Dr. Kenso Kase in the 70s in Japan. They were used at the Olympic Games for the first time in 1988. They are not intended to provide support for the structure, but they act on the muscles under the strips by activating blood circulation, reducing inflammation and promoting recovery.The color system corresponds to a rigidity variation of the strip. Using different colors induces a better “decompression” by lifting the skin. But one must be careful. Applying the strips too tightly may decrease blood circulation which is the opposite effect of what these strips want to accomplish. Also, the direction in which these strips are laid out is said to change the information sent to the brain, which in turn creates a desired response by the brain to the muscles and the nerves of the area. Some of the positive effects are to do with the perception of pain.

These strips, once applied, can last up to five days.The conditions that benefit from the use of the strips are: epicondylitis, tendinopathies, periostitis, sprains, plantar fasciitis, patellofemoral syndromes, muscle spasms and many more…

It is important to remember that the purpose of this system is not to support the area, but to activate self-healing in the area.Some physiotherapists may use these strips in addition to their treatment plan. But others will use strengthening, balance and/or power exercises to help heal and increase the stability of the injured joint. If greater stability is needed, traditional taping or a brace may be recommended. It is really a matter of preference on the part of your professional and it depends on the type of injury.