A manual technique which can be performed on most joints. It is a small, fast movement performed at the end of a range. It is used to increase mobility and decrease pain, and to improve alignment and function.
This taping technique differs from others as it gives support to an injury whilst still allowing a full range of movement. Its other main advantage is that it can be worn in water. It is ideally suited to the athlete as it allows hydrotherapy rehabilitation, and showering after exercise.
The core muscles, which consist of, multifidus, transversus abdominis, the diaphragm and the pelvic floor, are often referred to as the power house of the body. It is from here that virtually all movements of the body should originate. Although the core muscles act as stabilisers of the spine they also help and support all the other muscles of the body.
They assist with good posture and are necessary for good control of the spinal column.
All parts of the body are connected in some way. Should you have a long term musculoskeletal issue then it is likely that your initial problems will cause problems elsewhere in the body. For example, sore calves can cause tight hamstrings, followed by a sore lower back, pain and weakness in the upper back, sore shoulders ….and so it goes on.
When one part of the chain is weak or damaged it will affect other parts of the chain. When recovering from injury it is necessary therefore to retrain the kinetic chain so that all parts work effectively. Retraining the core is fundamental to this.
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