Real Time Ultra-sound (RTU) of the presence of load applied from one piece Rigid Strapping Tape applied by FFT technique.
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This procedure involved applying the rigid strapping tape to the quadriceps. All 3 movie files are 5 second shots and repeated. The hip is right of screen in all shots. The tape width is ½ width of the standard 38mm wide. The transducer is longitudinal muscle fibre direction, in a Mid Saggital line to the Quadriceps Muscle. The small dots on the left of screen are the RTU measuring cm’s deep. 3cm’s deep is shown and a depth of approximately 2mm, we can observe the Subcutaneous tissue layer and the Superficial Fascia layer. Approximately 3mm the Deep Fascia. Greater than 4mm deep, the Muscles. One piece of tape applied, the standard FFT application is 3 layers which are tighter each application.
1) Before Flexion and Extension, No Tape.
The first is shot is pre-tape observation under normal conditions with active knee flexion and extension. Observe the amount of movement in the Superficial Fascia layer and the muscle tissues relationship to each other.
2) Presence of tape being applied with tension (load).
The application of one piece tape with tension, without knee movement, in order to observe the presence of load being applied. The deep fascia and the muscles below are moving in the opposite direction at 3cm’s deep.
3) With tape on the body with active Flexion and Extension.
The tissues are held in new position, with load. The muscle activation post application is completely different from pre-application. We can observe virtually immobilisation of the Subcutaneous tissue layer and Superficial Fascia layer. Observe change taking place at the Deep Fascia, Retinacula Cutis and the muscle activity is different from the first RTU.