Power Taping™Method From the ingenuity behind Rocktape™, comes such an innovative idea that I keep asking myself why didn’t I think of that. Dr. Steven Capobianco is blending the proven success of kinesiology tape with the holistic view of anatomy. He has developed a kinesiology taping method, coined the Power Taping™Method (PTM), to enhance athletic performance. And so far it hasn’t been included on the banned substance list. It’s athletic tape meets myofascial meridians and early data suggests taping this way can change our bodies’ dysfunctional movement patterns.
What are myofascial meridians?
Developed by Tom Myers, myofascial meridians or Anatomy Trains are fascial connections in the body. They show us a different way of looking at anatomy. Instead of looking at individual muscles, this view looks at how muscles are contained in an interconnected ‘fascial web.’ Myofascial meridians make up very specific lines of pull that affect our structure and function, and each person’s body is unique in its blend of stresses, injuries, adhesions and attitudes. This holistic view explains how muscles contained in this web influence functional movements in ways not demonstrated in my gross anatomy class in 1987.
How does this change our viewpoint?
Most of my education as a physical therapist relied on the understanding of individual muscles and how they behave. Just by changing the lens to this interconnected model, it shows that all the forces that are generated in our body are distributed through this web. We can now look more broadly at movement patterns instead of only analyzing individual muscles and their biomechanics. So sometimes we really do have a simple muscle pull and sometimes we have a dysfunctional chain of movement. This opens up the idea that pain in one area of the body can be directly linked to a ‘silent’ problem in another area. It acknowledges that synergistic relationships exist in the musculoskeletal system. Rather than dissecting things apart, it changes the viewpoint by putting the parts together.
Taping movement patterns, not muscles℠
Power taping works on the idea of muscular synergy within this ‘all one fascia’ concept. By taping a particular fascial or performance chain, you can connect to a particular movement pattern. The tape taps into the nervous system by getting the zillions of skin receptors to talk to the brain about the body’s position. Many studies have shown that if we can train this sensorimotor system to increase its body awareness, we can enhance performance in complex patterns such as a golf swing, a tennis backhand stroke, or powering a bike up a climb.
So how can a piece of tape affect my athletic performance?
The tape works through the body’s own healing process. Just by the lifting effect it has on our skin, it can significantly decrease swelling due to the activation of our lymphatic and circulatory systems. This in turn decreases muscle fatigue due to this decrease in our own inflammatory process during a workout. Tape also provides a tactical sense through the skin about our posture and form. It may give enough information so one can notice inefficiencies and correct them. The end result being improved endurance, strength and power.
Let the fun begin
This opens up a whole new movement based model for us to explore kinesiology taping. With my athletes, I now have to figure out which functional chain is affected in each of their sports. Theoretically by taping these performance patterns, we can train a healthier movement pattern. For the anatomy geek, this is absolutely fascinating or should I say ‘fascia-nating!’
“The heart of healing lies in our ability to listen.” ~ Tom Myers, Author of Anatomy Trains