CureTape ® and the Medical Taping Concept are closely connected. The background of medical taping was established in Japan and Korea in the 1970s. At the time methods of taping were developed with the idea that movement and muscle activity are essential in maintaining and recovering health. The idea was that muscles are not only attributed to the movements of the body but also control blood and lymph circulation and body temperature. Currently many people in Asia, Western Europe and the U.S. working in the healthcare industry (doctors and physiotherapists) are using this method to treat their patients. Medical Taping’s revolutionary techniques have become the standard in elastic therapeutic taping, having been identified as a highly effective way to treat muscular disorders and lymphoedema.
Pursuing the science of movement (Kinesiology), a new kind of elastic tape was developed. The tape supported the muscles in their function without restricting their range of movement. By treating the affected muscles in this way, the body’s own healing process could be activated. During the development of this method it soon appeared that the possibilities of application were more divers.
The tape has about the same elasticity and thickness as the human skin. The relation between the tape’s the skin is thought to create a lifting effect on the epidermis. Due to this lifting effect more space is created in the subcutis, where receptors, blood and lymph vessels are located. By using different taping techniques several other effects can be achieved as well.
Physiological movement is supported and the body’s own healing process is activated. In other words, the tape supports exactly that which ideally the body would do itself. The lifting effect of the tape on the skin improves the subcutaneous blood circulation and lymphatic flow. Through the decrease of pressure the initial lymph vessels can open wide. This meets the objective of manual lymphatic drainage. The hypoallergenic, porous, skin friendly properties of the tape make it possible to wear the tape for many days, making a 24 hour a day treatment possible.
After more people started working with the concept new techniques and additions were developed. Thus new methods of treatment came into being, such as ‘Lymph Taping’, ‘Meridian Taping’ and ‘Cross Taping’. All these methods have been included in the Medical Taping Courses which are given by TapeConcept Ltd. The concept can be used by physiotherapists, doctors, orthopaedics, sports coaches and masseurs, but also by non-medical practitioners. However a basic knowledge of anatomy and medical terms is required to use the tape in the best and most effective way.
To many professional Healthcare practitioners Medical Taping has become an essential additional method in their practice.
In contrast to conventional taping methods, which often effect a disturbance of the joints and the course of movement because using of non-elastic materials, the new kind of taping effects a different result.
The principle is: activating instead of fixing.