The goal of Functional Movement Taping is to dynamically stabilize and stimulate an acute region of the body in order to improve the speed and quality of healing. This is done by understanding the proper biomechanical functions of our body not only through our muscular and skeletal systems, but also through our nervous system. Through micro-traumas, injuries, and faulty movement patterns caused by previous injuries or improper training, we can alter the way we move and the way our body drives movement. In order to move our body and know where it is in space (proprioception), we have sensory nerves and muscular nerve bundles controlling which muscles fire and in what order. They also control the opposing muscular structures in order to stabilize and protect our joints. These patterns can become dysfunctional and actually cause deterioration to our joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Through proper taping and stimulation of our mechanoreceptors (nerves in our skin and joints that sense and report back to our central nervous system), we can help stimulate our proper sequencing and movement patterns, as well as activate inactive muscles and relax overactive ones. Taping helps with inflammation reduction and lymphatic drainage, which assists both pre- and post-competition training and helps us to recover from basic strains and sprains.
Functional Movement Taping helps us to correct posture; to have proper movement patterns to recover from injuries, sprains, and strains; and to reduce pain through the pain-gating mechanism of our nervous system. Have you ever noticed that, when you bump your funny bone or stub your toe, the first thing you do is grab or rub that area? This is because the pathway--and all stressful or harmful information sent to your brain--travels through specific areas of your spinal cord. The mechanoreceptors in our skin can override the sensation of pain registered in our brain by negating the pain signal and preventing it from going further up the pathway. This lets us reduce pain and increase proper muscular patterns, which allows us to heal faster and avoids the injury pattern becoming a habit.
Dr. Hamm has used Functional Movement Taping to successfully treat many conditions, such as back, neck, shoulder, knee, ankle, and hip pain. He has worked with everyone: families, professional combat athletes, Cirque de Soleil performers, professional dancers, and has even been featured in international news while treating royalty. Functional Movement Taping is a pivotal tool in his treatment for his patients.