What Tape Can Teach You

What Tape can Teach You

by Rick Olderman, physical therapist for over 25 years

Tape is a wonderful thing—if you know what and how to tape. We use it at my clinic to show a patient how their body would feel given ideal movement. We need to use tape because the patient can’t get their body to work the way it should. It also helps us confirm our diagnosis of a problem.

Tape will serve as a bridge to reduce pain while the patient solves the underlying problems that make the tape necessary. Then we wean them from the tape. If a patient can’t be weaned from tape, then we generally recommend more testing to see if there is a tear or other damage at the heart of the problem.

I can’t tell you how valuable this is in solving pain—huge. We typically use Cover Roll Stretch with Leukotape P on top (see the Amazon links to this tape in my equipment store). Sometimes we’ll use Kinesio tape for some issues.

Fundamental to this is understanding how the body’s movements cause pain. This is not common knowledge, even among physical therapists. Once you understand this, taping seems to be a miraculous cure for patients. It gives them hope we can fix their pain fast. Which we often can.

I also show my unique taping methods in my programs to solve pain. Please try my very affordable Fixing You Method program and change your life.

Rick Olderman is a sports and orthopedic physical therapist, personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and speaker living in Denver, CO. He has been practicing physical therapy since 1996.

If you suffer from back pain, hip pain, knee pain, foot pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, or headaches, I want to encourage you to try my at-home program.

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