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Strive FAQs - Strapping tape Sleeping and foam roller use

We’ve created this list of frequently asked questions to give you some guidance regarding common questions our clients ask us. The following topics may assist with questions you have before or after your appointment and aid your recovery.

Sports tape

  • Some clients may have a mild reaction to sports tape or other adhesive products. This might be because you have sensitive skin, spend time in hot or humid environments, or have a sensitivity to the zinc oxide found in tape adhesive.
  • If you know that you react to sports tape, please advise your therapist. We can use underwrap or hypoallergenic tape to minimise your skin’s reaction.
  • If you experience any redness, itching or soreness from your sports tape you should remove the tape as soon as you can.
  • Some clients find that rubbing sorbolene into the tape once it has been applied can help to maintain good skin health.
  • Depending on the purpose of the tape and the nature of the condition being treated, some clients find wearing sports tape quite restrictive. If your taping is bothering you, please remove it unless you’ve been advised otherwise.
  • If you’ve been wearing the tape for as long as instructed and you feel that it’s losing its effectiveness, please remove it.

Sleeping with a towel to relieve a painful neck

  • When you have a neck or spinal condition, finding a comfortable way to sleep can be difficult. Sleeping with a towel to support the neck may assist.
  • To create a towel support, fold a towel into a triangle and wrap around your neck. Tape or tie the ends of the towel to hold it in place.

What type of pillow should I use?

  • Most people have a preferred pillow type. Some like a low pillow, some like a large pillow (or even two pillows) and some like a hard pillow.
  • Depending on your preferred sleeping position, you’ll find different pillow types and sizes will be more comfortable. Back sleepers usually like low pillows, while side sleepers find more support allows them to maintain a neutral spine position.
  • The ‘right’ pillow for our bodies can change due to certain spinal or shoulder conditions, and as we age.
  • Rather than being uncomfortable and buying lots of different pillows to find one that you like, you can work with your therapist to identify the cause of your symptoms and work to resolve these.


  • Adopting a supported, upright posture is essential to sitting comfortably and preventing the development of chronic back, neck and shoulder pain.
  • Ensure that you follow good ergonomic advice and avoid slouch habits.
  • When you are sitting, ensure that you sit upright with your spine supported.
  • When you are lying for rest or sleep, lie flat in a bed. Lying on a couch will promote neck and spinal problems.

When will I be ready to return to work?

  • The ‘right’ time to return to work will depend on the nature of your injury, the nature of your work and the stage of your recovery.
  • The more active your role is, the higher your level of performance will need to be before you are ready to return to work.
  • If you have a lot of swelling and pain, you shouldn’t spend a lot of time sitting with your feet down low.
  • Clients recovering from an ankle injury will often notice an increase in swelling when they return to work. To minimise this, wear ankle compression and take a break from your chair regularly.
  • Returning too work early can sometimes cause more swelling, stiffness and pain.
  • Always listen to your body, and ask your therapist for their advice.

Foam rollers

  • Foam rollers can be used to improve flexibility by stretching, self massage or release of tension in muscles and soft tissues. Common treatment areas are the ITB, glutes, quads, calves and spine.
  • Regular use will allow the body to loosen gradually over time. You should begin for short periods on a soft surface. Using foam rollers should not cause or increase pain.
  • Sometimes you may feel as though you’re unable to release tension permanently. Please see your therapist for tips or guidance to improve the effectiveness of your foam roller technique.