Doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, speech therapists, podiatrists and all health care professionals working in rehabilitation who have completed a NeuroMuscular ® Taping training program and received their course certification. Correct training authorises correct application and those trained are listed on the REGISTER page. It is not a self-application and NMT application is not authorised by persons who are not certified by the Institute.
At times, there is a misconception that Kinesiology taping, Kinesio taping, and NeuroMuscular taping are synonymous, reflecting a limited grasp of the underlying methods and techniques. However, what sets these various taping approaches apart?
The NeuroMuscular Taping technique introduces a distinctive concept centered around decompression and dilation methodology, distinguishing it from other forms of kinesiology taping and bandaging. Originating in Italy in 2003, and created by David Blow, this novel taping approach, known as NMT, enhances the process of clinical reasoning. Its foundation lies in specific decompression taping applications, which form the core of this innovative rehabilitation method. Precise application of this technique proves effective in alleviating pain, addressing sports-related injuries, reducing muscle tension, and concurrently enhancing athletic performance, rehabilitation, as well as outcomes in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
In general, contact with water does not compromise the application, the patient can safely wash and bath taking care not to rub the tape and pat dry.
The tape can be left in place for one, two or three consecutive days, after which the patient must be reevaluated and a new tape will usually be reapplied. In the initial phase, the tape is left in place only for a few hours or a few days (1-3 days), while in the maintenance or functional phase it can be left in place for longer periods (3-7 days) depending on the condition.
The colors are not influential in the treatment. It should be remembered that the result of the treatment is due to using a correct application method, not the color of the tape.
A sensation of tingling and warmth felt at a local level is quite normal since the treated area will receive a greater influx of blood but it must be differentiated from a skin irritation.
If the tape irritates the skin, it is important to consider the following points:
- If the patient has known skin allergies then consult a medical physician before applying tape;
- If the skin of the patient is prone to irritation, the tape should be left only for a few hours or days;
- If the skin has been shaved, wait one hour after shaving before applying the tape;
If the tape irritates the skin of the patient, even when it has been applied correctly and with due precautions, it may help change the color or brand of the tape used. We recommend only tape brands that are registered as a Non Medicated Medical Devise Level I with the Health Ministry
It is important to keep in mind the following points:
- To ensure good adhesion to the skin, the tape should be rubbed with the palm of the hand or with the fingers (only in the direction of skin elasticity);
- Make sure that the tape adheres well to the skin before the subject changes position;
The skin of the patient must be perfectly clean, free of oil, creams or ointments and free of body hair and be shaved if necessary.