Performance Movement Technique (PMT)
As a Segway from the previous Self Myofascial Release (SMR) Blog, I will discuss the benefits of Performance Movement Taping (PMT) and how it relates to Self Myofascial Release (SMR).
Performance Movement Taping (PMT) is designed to encourage better movement patterns so individuals, from all walks of life, can move more efficiently and recover quickly. You may have noticed the Volleyball players, and the track and field athletes
from the 2016 Summer Olympics wearing this tape. This taping technique uses a lifting mechanism to lift the skin away from the soft tissue and promote blood flow. This sends more oxygenated blood to the area, maximizing the nourishment of overtaxed muscles, joints, and other body structures. In addition, when applied after performing SMR, the tape accentuates the stretch reflex, accelerates removal of lactic acid from muscles, promoting recovery, and increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, effectively reducing swelling.
The tape can be used over a joint or a chain of joints to enhance ones awareness or proprioception. If you can facilitate muscle recruitment awareness, or a sense of proprioception, you can help muscle recruitment which might help with power, strength, muscles relaxation, and with some muscle recovery. Depending on how one makes use of the tape, they can apply compression to help with the recovery process or decompress to reduce discomfort.
My tape of choice is Rock Tape. Not only is RockTape’s PMT taping methods unique, but their form of kinesiology tape has been developed with the functional movement in mind. RockTape is created with a tighter weave and a stronger adhesive, with an increased 180% elasticity (more than the traditional 130-150% of competitor
kinesiology tapes). RockTape was designed for greater versatility than traditional kinesiology and athletic tapes.
When applied according to FMT or PMT Taping principles, RockTape accentuates the following: increases endurance; activates muscles; provides stronger more efficient movement of related muscle groups;
and significantly decreases recovery time.
When added to the recovery phase of a client program, PMT becomes a potent weapon in the arsenal of the serious athlete or workout enthusiast by enhancing performance, preventing injury, as well as aiding and speeding recovery from those injuries that are unavoidable.