BACK AND HIP THERAPY
Taping Techinques to Avoid or Support Injuries
MOST SPORTS incorporate taping, either to prevent an injury, or to add support to injured area. If your fingers are feeling a bit tweaked from an extra hard workout or climbing session, or you know you're going to be stressing your finger pulleys on a hard route, learning how to tape could prevent you from getting injured. Or at the very least, mimimize the damage. Important note: if you are injured, and you still want to push yourself (Disclaimer: seek professional advice before doing so), taping can provide a temporary solution.
INJURED FINGER PULLEY: we recommend taping your fingers using the H-Method or the Lateral X/8 Method - as shown in the video below. The H-Method can be achieved by the following steps:
Step One: Tear tape which is approximately 1.8 cm wide from both ends.
Step Two: Place the middle bridge (section that isn't torn) at the level of the middle joint.
Step Three: Wrap and tighten the distal straps with flexation at a 6o degree angle.
Step Four: Wrap and tighten an additional layer over the straps for additional support.
Note: The straps should not be too wide. Otherwise there will not be enough pressure. The tape should targe the stress of the A3 pully in the flexor fold of the middle joint - deflecting the course of the tendon.