Taping injuries and bandaging wounds
When it comes to recovering from an injury and supporting the body, using medical tape and bandages can help. It not only ensures the joint is supported throughout movement but also can prevent further injury. When it comes to sports tape, kinesiology tape is an excellent choice. Adhesive and flexible, it can be used anywhere on the body to deliver support.
In other circumstances, elasticated bandages can be used. This stretchy and nonadhesive material can be wrapped around an injured area, compressing the injury and helping to ease the pain. Bandaging an injury can ensure further damage is not caused to the area, making it essential for recovery.
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What is the function of a bandage?
Bandages are designed to be placed over a wound to hold a dressing in place, or to compress an injury to ensure it heals correctly. This is a vital part of the recovery process, as it can reduce swelling and prevent further injury.
Can medical tape be used on skin?
The medical tape will give a better level of adhesion if used directly on the skin. It is designed for this purpose, and you will achieve long-lasting retention if you clear the area beforehand. This breathable tape won’t leave a sticky residue on the skin when removed.
Can you shower with medical tape on?
Your physiotherapist or other healthcare professional will likely advise that you do not wet the wound while it heals. In these circumstances, it is important to cover the wound. Medical tape is extremely durable and can withstand water, helping to keep the area clean and dry.
How long should you wear kinesiology tape for?
Kinesiology tape, also known as Kinesio tape or K-tape, is designed to stay on for 3-4 days. It is extremely adhesive and so, once positioned correctly, will be effectively bonded to the area and long-lasting.
Can you apply kinesiology tape yourself?
While it can be challenging to apply kinesiology tape yourself on certain areas of the body, it is possible. For the first few times, it is worth getting your physiotherapist to do it for you. This will ensure that it is done correctly and that you have the support you need.