Therapeutic Taping for Musculoskeletal Conditions.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Caldwell, Jill
Pub Date: 03/01/2011
Publication: Name: New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy Publisher: New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists ISSN: 0303-7193
Issue: Date: March, 2011 Source Volume: 39 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Therapeutic Taping for Musculoskeletal Conditions (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Constantinou, Maria; Brown, Mark
Accession Number: 263880343
Full Text: Therapeutic taping for musculoskeletal conditions. 2010

Maria Constantinou and Mark Brown. Churchill Livingston, Elsevier, Sydney. ISBN: 9780729539173. Softcover, CD-ROM; 263 pages. RRP: AU$79.96. Available from Elsevier Australia, http://

This text has been described by the authors as a practical guide to taping techniques used in the management of musculoskeletal conditions within a scientific frame work. It provides an emphasis on therapeutic taping in comparison to previous taping texts that have provided techniques only suited to injury prevention. The taping techniques include those that aim to restrict range, deload soft tissue, facilitate or inhibit muscle activity, relieve pain, provide stability & support to joints, with the final chapter devoted to soft casting. It is a text suited to both undergraduates and clinicians, although the techniques presented probably provide more of a refresher than new material for the experienced clinician.

The text overall is comprehensive, logical and easy to follow. The first three chapters provide an overview of the principles and effects of taping supported by current literature. These are then followed by relevant chapters of taping techniques for musculoskeletal conditions arranged in accordance to anatomical regions. These include taping techniques of the upper body (scapula, shoulder joint, elbow joint, wrist joint, hand, thumb and finger), lower body (hip and buttock, thigh, knee joint, patellofemoral joint, superior and inferior tibiofibular joints, ankle joint, foot and toe), spinal conditions (cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, pelvis and sacroiliac joint) and soft casting techniques (thumb, ankle and foot)

The text describes techniques you would expect to see in a taping text, for example, taping for the acute sprained ankle or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee and postural taping. However, what was quite appealing was the attention spent on therapeutic taping. Techniques are described that focus on muscle facilitation and inhibition including facilitation of scapula muscles such as serratus anterior and lower trapezius, and muscles of the spine and lower limb including the erector spinae and gluteus medius muscle. Several taping techniques described by Brian Mulligan have been presented, including techniques for tennis elbow and the inferior tibiofibular joint subluxation commonly seen in the recurrent ankle sprain population. Muscle deloading techniques including those for the cervicothoracic fascia and, buttock and sciatic nerve have also been presented. Finally soft casting techniques for the thumb, ankle and foot have been provided. The soft casting demonstration on DVD is probably most beneficial for those clinicians who have never used soft casting before. Kinetic taping was briefly discussed with the evidence surrounding this type of taping however it was not the scope for the text book to describe techniques utilising elastic tape.

Each technique is presented with the rational for its use, followed by available evidence, and then a written & photographic approach to describe each technique step by step. The photographs used are of excellent quality with each technique very clearly described hence easy to follow. Relevant outcome measures in order to evaluate the techniques have also been referred to. An excellent adjunct to this text is an accompanying DVD of all the techniques described within the text. The DVD has been well produced with easy to follow demonstrations of the techniques by an experience clinician with each technique clearly narrated.

Both the initial chapters on principles and effects of taping, and the following anatomical chapters with the taping techniques have been well supported by current research evidence. In doing so, this should enable the clinician to adapt and incorporate the techniques into their clinical practice in conjunction with other management approaches.

Jill Caldwell, MHSc (Hons), PGDip Sports Med., PGDip Health Sci (Manip) MNZCP

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, AUT University, Auckland
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