Dynamic Tape allows the wearer to move through full range of motion without limitation but with strong biomechanical assistance (as opposed to a primary neurophysiological approach). Dynamic Tape can strongly assist or resist movement, facilitate or inhibit and offload tissue through full range of motion.
This is only possible due to the highly elastic nature (no endpoint like kinesiotapes) and four way stretch necessary when taping multi joint muscles or movements and performing complex, three-dimensional skills. Dynamic Taping can quickly be integrated into the clinician's treatment approach and provides an additional treatment tool which combines well with other taping methods. Dynamic Tape is extremely soft to touch and is highly conformable. It has a strong adhesive which has been independently tested and rated as non-sensitizing, non-irritating and non-toxic. The fabric is highly breathable, allowing water in to wash the skin but dries quickly. The result is a well tolerated, long lasting tape that is quite possibly the most comfortable athletic tape on the market.
In many cases the tape is applied in such a way that it mimics the action of the injured muscle or tendon. The tape is placed on the body with the muscle or joint in the shortened position and with stretch on the tape. As the muscle or joint lengthens, the tape is stretched further and thereby absorbs load just as a bungee cord decelerates the jumper, absorbing load. This reduces the eccentric work of the muscles.
Once full range is reached, the absorbed energy is stored in the form of elastic potential energy. As the muscle or joint begins to shorten, the energy is released back into the biomechanical chain as kinetic energy, thereby assisting the concentric action of the muscle. This results in decreased workload and improved biomechanical efficiency of the musculo-tendinous unit, decreased metabolic demand and improved tolerance to fatigue.
Reducing load may result in less pain, better healing (can load sooner resulting in functional stress and better scar formation), improved endurance and performance. Dramatic improvements in circulation and lymphatics have also been observed. There are a number of mechanical and physiological mechanisms that are likely to contribute. These are outlined in our free eLearning programs located on the resources page.
Athletes around the world are taping up. The movement exploded during the 2012 London Olympics, when Serena Williams and David Beckham showed up to compete wearing various forms of biomechanical tape. Ryan Kendrick, founder of Dynamic Tape and a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, says that taping reduces the pressure on tendons during athletic performance. It's used in rehab to reduce fatigue and speed up recovery, but also in healthy athletes to modify technique to give them an advantage in performance.
The elastic recoil of the tape works like a bungee cord, says Kendrick, absorbing the impact and taking pressure off the muscles. It can also change an athlete's movement patterns to reduce impact and improve biomechanics.
The tape, which took Kendrick years to develop, allows the wearer a full range of motion without limitation but with strong biomechanical assistance.
"Once clinicians understand the principles of Dynamic Tape and what it is capable of, they can integrate it into a variety of treatment approaches," says Kendrick. With an injury, "being able to modify the load can reduce pain early on and allow for quicker rehab and recovery."
For some athletes, the tape is applied in a way that mimics the action of an injured muscle or tendon. It is placed on the body with the muscle or joint in the shortened position and with stretch on the tape. As the muscle or joint lengthens, the tape is stretched further and absorbs the load. This reduces the work of the muscles.
Kendrick and his "Dream Team" helped English tennis star Greg Rusedski get back on track after he dropped from a Top 5 ranking into the 70s. With taping and work on biomechanics, Rusedski was able to beat players like Andre Agassi and return to the top of his game.
"A lot of what we did involved changing his biomechanics to reduce loading on his body and to improve his technique," says Kendrick. "We did a lot of work preparing the body to be able to handle the loads, and we managed his training schedule."