Functional Fascial Taping

Functional Fascial Taping (FFT)This is a remarkably simple drug free method of pain management. It involves taping a certain problem area which immediately decreases pain and increases range of motion thus creating a pain free environment for rehabilitation.

FFT is applied in a functional range, the direction and tension/load of the tape is determined by systematically assessing symptomatic responses. The procedure is customised for each patient/athlete for an extended and predetermined period.

The benefits off FFT can be:

  • Analgesic (on going)
  • Allows for activity and rehabilitation.
  • Provides immediate and long-term benefits.
  • Maintains higher levels of training and performance.
  • Non-invasive and cost effective form of treatment.
  • Immediate and long term benefits
  • Step by step objective method

Most musculoskeletal conditions are multifactorial in nature and the presence of pain can be an interesting challenge to therapists. Unresolved musculoskeletal conditions result in the loss of function, flexibility and strength leading to joint stiffness and decreased quality of life.
FFT was developed in 1994 as a method to immediately address musculoskeletal symptoms presented to therapists.

FFT is a simple drug free alternative that can be effective in modifying pain and increasing range of movement. The multidimensional effects to the body encourage normal movement patterns for rehabilitation in a pain free environment.

The technique offers constant proprioreceptive feedback and sustained load to tissues. The immediate response to pain and the tension/load created provides an innovative analgesic for a prolonged period, thereby creating a window of opportunity where the patient is better placed to listen to advice and encourage patient compliance.

The FFT method is similar to the approaches used by Physiotherapists Brian Mulligan [NZ] and Jenny McConnell [Aust]. FFT can be applied to most musculoskeletal conditions and to many areas in the body.

The method allows the previously painful movement or activity to become a crucial part of the treatment, as the tissues are continually stretched where and when it is most needed in a much more functional way then other forms of taping.

For therapists we can observe three key uses of the presence of load when tape is applied by the FFT method. These are:

Sustained altered load at rest; active increased load (patient self administered treatment) and frequent alterations of load with movement which is custom made for each patient/athlete for an extended and pre-determined period of time. This method can be used in conjunction with any standard treatment of musculoskeletal pathologies and encourages patients to actively participate in their own treatment.