Sports Taping Treatment in Stockport and Manchester

Following an injury, as part of your rehabilitation, our expert physiotherapists can use taping techniques to reduce pain, support an injured joint or muscle, and to speed up your recovery back to work or sport. Taping can also be used to improve your sports performance.

Our friendly team of qualified physiotherapists in Stockport today to discuss your situation and find out how we can help.

We can usually offer an appointment within 24 working hours. 

Call Gatley on 0161 491 1999 or the Heatons on 0161 432 3232

Kinesiology Taping by Physiotherapists in Gatley, Cheadle, Heaton Moor, Stockport and Didsbury

Physiotherapists can use taping as a way of giving joints and muscles additional support and for pain relief. It is often used in acute injuries and when returning to sport and activities.

Taping can help:


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What is taping used for?

Taping is often used following an acute injury or may be used in a more long-term injury to support the joint. Some examples of how taping is used are:

  • Ankle ligament sprain

Following an injury, the ankle may be swollen, painful, difficult to walk on and feel weak. Taping would be used to stabilise and support the ankle to allow you to weight-bear more quickly and with more confidence.

  • Chronic ankle sprain

If you have gone over your ankle several times in the past, taping can be used to support the ankle during sport, preventing you going over on it again and allowing you to return to support with more confidence.

  • Knee ligament sprain

Often used after a strain of the ligament on the inner side of the knee, which can often be after a skiing or football injury. Taping gives support in the initial acute phase and on return to the sport.

  • Shoulder tendon injury. Applying tape for a chronic rotator cuff injury will give extra support and protection to the shoulder, allowing you to play sport.

What are the different types of taping?

The application of the tape is specific to every individual and each individual injury. The choice of taping technique will be influenced by factors such as medical history, comfort, how long it needs to stay on for and whether it needs to be waterproof.

Areas of the body that are commonly taped on sports persons include the feet, ankles, thumbs, anterior knees (patellofemoral joint), knee ligaments (medial ligament), elbows, shoulders and back.

If you are intending to tape a joint or muscle yourself, it is advised that you have consulted your Physiotherapist first, to ensure you are applying the tape safely and effectively to the injured area.

Rigid tape

This uses a non-elastic (zinc oxide) tape which is used for support and protection, for example, in an acute knee or ankle sprain, to restrict movement of the joint to relieve pain. 

Elastic tape (known as elastic adhesive bandage EAB)

EAB provides stability to joints, tendons and ligaments, helping to prevent further injury. 

Kinesiology tape (K-tape)

Kinesiology tape (K-tape) is a type of taping which you may have seen lots of professional athletes/sports people wearing. It comes in lots of different colours and patterns so is very recognisable and has really caught the public’s attention.

The tape is waterproof, breathable, hard-wearing and can be left on for up to 5-7 days, so it has a long-lasting effect on the injury. Kinesiology tape is elastic and flexible so can be used over any part of the body without “rubbing” or “slipping”.

The benefits of K-tape are thought to include improving muscle flexibility, and by stimulating skin receptors to improve proprioception. It enhances muscle function and the circulation around the area. K-tape does not restrict movement of the muscle or joint.

Kinesio tape can be applied to any muscle group, but the person applying needs to have a good understanding of the origin and insertions of that muscle group and knowledge about the muscle function so the tape can be applied effectively.

Are there any contradictions to taping?

  • Allergy to taping materials
  • Open wounds
  • Infection in the area
  • Loss of sensation in the area
  • Poor circulation in the area
  • Poor skin condition

Does Taping Cost Extra?

Taping for a recent injury will be included in the cost of treatment. If taping is required on a regular basis, you will be advised on the cost of the tape, which we can provide.

Call Gatley on 0161 491 1999 or the Heatons on 0161 432 3232

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Self-Funded Sports Taping

If you are paying for your treatment yourself, you don’t need a Doctor’s referral or pre-authorisation.

We require payment at the end of each session. You can use debit or credit cards, Apple Pay, cash or cheques.

Feel free to just call and book an appointment anytime.

Using Private Health Insurance for Physiotherapy Treatments

Our clinic is recognised by most of the major insurance companies, as we are all Chartered Physiotherapists and are registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC).

You will need to check with your insurance company prior to treatment, as some companies require a referral from a Doctor beforehand.

Health insurance customers must first provide a policy number and authorisation code along with any excess details or treatment limitations.

Any excess on your policy is to be paid direct to the Clinic.

Contact a private sports taping therapist near you today.

How To Make an Appointment

We are usually able to offer an appointment time within 24 working hours of your call. 

Please either call the clinic or leave your details in the online enquiry form and we’ll call you back to confirm the arrangements.

Gatley: 0161 491 1999
Heaton Moor: 0161 432 3232

Why Choose Gatley & Heatons Physio?

We provide expert acupuncture treatments from our clinics in Heaton Moor, Gatley and Didsbury and we regularly help patients from across Stockport and Manchester reduce their pain and return to normal activities.

We frequently work with clients in Cheadle, Bramhall, Poynton, Wilmslow, Northenden, Altrincham, Sale, West Didsbury, Withington, Burnage, Heaton Moor, Heaton Chapel, Heaton Norris, Heaton Mersey and Reddish, and we are regularly able to provide home visits for those who are not able to attend one of our clinics.

We have been established in these areas for many years and have a fantastic relationship with most of the Doctors in these areas. If needed, we will liaise with your Doctor about your condition, for example if medication is needed or a referral to another speciality.

We have an excellent reputation of providing high standards of clinical physiotherapy and a professional service through a trusted, personal and friendly approach.

We offer flexible appointment times to all patients including extended working hours and home visits.

Professional and caring treatment received with sound follow up advice. Would recommend to others without hesitation!

Juan Pardo