Strapping tapes and bandages have two distinct roles when it comes to protecting an area of your body after it has been injured:
1. Strapping tape, in particular Rigid Strapping Tape, is designed to help you stabilise your joints and restrict joint movement.
You would need to do this post injury to protect yourself from injuring yourself further when you’re ready to get back into exercise or your preferred sport.
Rigid strapping tape can also be used to prevent injury. It does this by supporting your joints and tendons to minimise painful or excessive movement during vigorous physical activity. For extra support, you can use an Elastic Adhesive Bandage on top of your rigid strapping tape.
For best taping practice, we recommend using a three-step routine:
Kinesiology tape works like a second skin to improve your blood flow and speed up recovery from minor injuries. You can use it to reduce muscle fatigue and swelling.
2. Elastic Bandages such as the Cohesive Compression Bandage and Hi-Stretch Compression Bandage are designed to compress and support injured joints or muscles as well as secure wound dressings.
One example where you would use a bandage, like the Cohesive Compression Bandage, instead of strapping tape is immediately following an injury. You would do this to help reduce swelling and support your joints or muscles while they make their way through the initial stages of healing and to reduce pain.
Elastoplast’s Hi-Stretch Compression Bandage will provide a higher level of compression and it is particularly useful in conjunction with the RICER (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Referral) technique. For example; overlap the bandage by a half to two thirds in a spiral bandaging technique formation on clean and dry skin. When bandaging around a joint (i.e. knee or ankle) use a figure 8 bandaging technique. At the end be careful not apply any stretch/pressure on the last 10cm of application. This will help to secure the bandage. Finally, check that the bandage is not too tight.
In another example, you would use a crepe bandage to keep a wound dressing intact. Elastoplast Crepe Bandages are strong support crepes for medium to long-term bandaging requirements and can also help you support a strain and provide compression to alleviate swelling.
They come in two weights depending on how much compression your injury needs:
- Medium weight is ideal for keeping dressings in place, stemming bleeding and providing light compression.
- Heavy weight provides moderate compression and increased support for strains and sprains in joints and muscles.