Taping, Cromwell Physiotherapy, Cromwell, Central Otago

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Taping, Cromwell Physiotherapy, Cromwell, Central Otago

Taping may be used as part of your physiotherapy treatment. We use a variety of tapes for different conditions.

Tape is generally used in physio to restrict undesired motion and/or promote desired movement.  It can be used to:

  • Support torn or stretched ligaments
  • Reduce pain
  • Encourage dispersal of swelling and bruising
  • Correct minor abnormalities in bony alignment
  • Facilitate correct muscle activation
  • Prevent injury (or re-injury)


Possible risks:

  • Decreased blood flow if tape is too tight
  • Skin irritation or allergic reaction to the adhesive tape


Please let your physiotherapist know if you react to lotions or sticking plasters or have skin allergies.  A hypoallergenic under-wrap can be used to prevent allergic reaction to tape. You should leave your tape on for about 48 hours, although it may come off earlier especially if you are active or in warm weather. 

Remove the tape IMMEDIATELY if you:

  • Notice burning or itching under the tape
  • Have an increase in your pain
  • Notice the skin past the taping is blue or white in color or cold and clammy


When you remove the tape, hold the skin around the tape taught and peel the tape back on itself rather than pulling away from the skin.  Pull firmly and steadily but DO NOT RIP.  This will help to minimize the discomfort of removing the tape especially from hairy skin.  It may be necessary to shave the skin prior to applying the tape. 
Remove the tape if there are any concerns.
Remove the tape and wash and dry skin before attending your next physiotherapy appointment.