Introduction to PosturePlast
Lumbar spine taping improved and made simple
A real innovation in traditional taping techniques, PosturePlast helps relieve existing lower back pain and aids proprioception, while maintaining perfect spinal posture under all activity to prevent re-aggravations of injury and strain.
PosturePlast is a composite device comprising large, soft, self adhesive non-stretch tape and a strong supporting structure which work together to prevent poor posture and end range lumbar flexion and rotation.
PosturePlast gives you control of patients in between sessions, showing them how bad their posture is in their own environment and encouraging them to continue the full treatment plan.
PosturePlast's innovative and patented one piece design provides low back pain sufferers:
- Stability to the lumbar spine
Taping has been shown to have immediate effects on spinal posture (1) and PosturePlast’s combination of tape and active back technology provide patients with confidence that they cannot over stretch, twist, or slouch. The comfortable anatomical design provides joint stability at the point of tissue compromise, protecting from over flexion and rotation movements.
- Protection of muscles, tendons and ligaments from further injury
Clinically designed to stop ligaments, discs and muscles in the lumbar spine from reaching point of strain and injury.
- Increased proprioception
PosturePlast’s wide use of hypoallergenic tape with double layers over the lumbar erector spinae muscles aids patients proprioceptive feedback, improving long term neuromuscular control. (2) This is highly important as patients with long-term back pain are known to have reduced local proprioception.(3)
- Inhibition of neuro muscular activity
Elastic based tapes provide the basis for current taping methods but there is little evidence to support the benefits of this type of tape. (4) PosturePlast has been specifically developed to have a rigid design over the lumbar spine region as restrictive tape has been shown to inhibit muscle activity.(5,6)
- Reduced joint movement
PosturePlast restricts the lumbar lordosis in flexion and rotation movements in order to protect the lumbar discs. The clever design allows just enough movement to allow fluid dynamics around the disc so the healing process is not interrupted.
- Optimal tissue healing
PosturePlast enables uninhibited tissue recovery as the design ensures that the tissues of the Lumbar Spine are not under strain or repeatedly compromised, which in turn allows optimal healing time.(9)
- Reduced pain
Taping is known to reduce pain when applied to painful areas.(7,8) Using Oswestry Pain disability index, PosturePlast research has shown 78% of chronic low back pain suffers reported a signifi cant reduction in low back pain symptoms and are significantly (133%) happier than before its use. Medical tape is a very cost effective form of treatment and widely available on rolls for the professional to apply. PosturePlast complements this, by providing an easy way to aid treatment of the low back region for the consumer.
1. Postural taping decreases thoracic kyphosis but does not infl uence trunk muscle electromyographic activity or balance in women with osteoporosis. Greig AM, Bennell KL, Briggs AM, Hodges PW. Man Ther. 2008
2. The effects of scapular taping on electromyographic muscle activity and proprioception feedback in healthy shoulders. Lin JJ, Hung CJ, J Orthop Res. 2011 Jan;29,
3. Impaired postural control of the lumbar spine is associated with delayed muscle response times in patients with chronic idiopathic low back pain. Radebold A, Cholewicki J, Polzhofer GK, Greene HS. Spine. 2
4. Effects of kinesio tape compared with nonelastic sports tape and the untaped ankle during a sudden inversion perturbation in male athletes. JMay, Briem K, Eythörsdöttir H, Magnúsdóttir RG. Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2011
5. Does tape facilitate or inhibit the lower fi bres of trapezius? C. M. Alexandern, S. Stynesn, A. Thomasn, J. Lewisw, Department of Physiology, University College London, London, UK, Physiotherapy Department, Manual Therapy (2003) 8
6. What is the effect of taping along or across a muscle on motoneurone excitability? A study using Triceps Surae. Caroline M. Alexandera,Marie Macmillan, University College London, Manual Therapy (2008) 13
7. Effi cacy of knee tape in the management of osteoarthritis of the knee: blinded randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2003
8. Patellar taping, patellofemoral pain syndrome, lower extremity kinematics, and dynamic postural control. Jan-Aminaka N, Gribble PA. Athl Train. 2008
9. Taping applied to lumbar muscles influences clinical and electromyographic characteristics in chronic low back pain patients. Paoloni M, Bernetti A, Fratocchi G, Rehabil Med. 2011 Mar 24