Unstable tissues like to be stabilised. Strapping and bracing can assist in a speedy recovery. Sometimes the prognosis is poor without them.
As the name suggests, ‘rigid strapping’ provides strong support for tissues while Kinesio taping (and the various other brand names) allow for more movement, skin lift, lymphatic drainage and directional input. Matt became a certified practitioner and instructor of the Kinesio Taping method under Dr. Kenso Kase who invented Kinesio tape. There are endless ways to provide tissue support with strapping. A combination of methods are often required to provide the best outcome.
Bracing of joints is vital for certain injuries. A high ankle sprain for example will not have a good outcome without a ‘moon boot’ or ‘CAM boot/walker’. Ankles, knees, elbows and wrists often require bracing when injuries are severe. The time frame of bracing is relative to the injury site and severity.