Functional Fascial Taping (FFT)

You suffer a joint or muscle injury.  Mainstream advice would be to ice it, tape it up, rest, and wait for it to heal. Functional Fascial Taping, or FFT, flies in the face of this wisdom by offering instant drug free pain relief and restoration of normal movement, often allowing you to continue your active lifestyle. It may sound too good to be true, but FFT is grabbing the attention of athletes and dancers worldwide, and is being pioneered in the UK by Backs & Beyond. FFT is ideal for patients who suffer negative effects from anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers. It allows patients to return to work and normal activities faster and assists athletes in an earlier return to competition.


What does it do?  FFT, which combines approaches from osteopathy, soft tissue therapy and physiotherapy, uses regular sports tape to stretch the skin, fascia and muscles in such a way that injured structures are literally pulled back into alignment. Rather than movement and exercise aggravating the injury, FFT seems to use movement of the injured joint to encourage rehabilitation. This is why in many cases we encourage people with calf injuries to walk, runners with knee problems to keep on running, and dancers with ankle problems to dance!

History FFT Ron Alexander, leading soft tissue specialist for the Australian Ballet, developed FFT 10 years ago. He wanted a technique to keep injured dancers on stage and dancing, rather than having to spend long periods out of action.

Evidence All evidence so far is from thousands of athletes, dancers and patients testifying to its benefits. However, the technique is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, and double blind trials are underway at La Trobe University in Melbourne.

Who should use it? Your Backs & Beyond practitioner will decide if you are a candidate for FFT. It can be used on any type of soft tissue injury or dysfunction bad backs, legs, arms, necks, even sometimes headaches, but it cannot be used where there is a fracture, open wounds, fragile skin, or on people with known allergy to sports tape.

Problems we have used it on so far

Plantar fasciitis and heel pain; Shin splints and sore calves; Arthritis& Carpel tunnel syndrome; Back or neck pain; Sore shoulders; Muscular tears& Ankle and achilles sprains;  Tennis elbow and knee pain; Long term pain; Pinched nerves; Post surgery of joints, muscles and ligaments; Repetitive strain injury

What to expect from a consultation  At the first consultation it is determined whether FFT is suitable for your condition. Patients should experience an immediate removal or reduction in pain. Patients are taught how to re-apply the tape to maintain the right amount of stretch from the tapefor their injury. This allows you to be actively involved in your recovery. Individual treatment plans are developed for each patient, which may involve osteopathic treatment, acupuncture, massage, or specific exercises or stretches.