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Kinesiology Taping for Back Pain

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The only thing more numerous than the types of back pain are the variety of options available to treat it. Back pain sufferers typically progress from over-the-counter liniments and pain relievers to manual therapies like massage, chiropractic, decompression and PT. If these don’t work, medical intervention may follow in the form of prescription pain medications and muscle relaxers or, ultimately, surgery.  What works for one person may not work for another, leaving many sufferers wondering if they – or their wallets – will ever find relief.

In the last few years kinesiology taping has become a favorite go-to for back pain sufferers as well as many health care providers. Safe, inexpensive and easy-to-apply, it can be used alone or combined with other therapeutic interventions. When applied properly, it can provide relief from painful and common back injuries, like sciatica, herniated disks or simple muscle inflammation. Its thin, elastic material provides safe, comfortable support without restricting range of motion and each application can be worn up to 5 days, providing therapeutic benefits the entire time it’s worn.

how to cut kinesio tapeMedication-free, the tape works with the nervous system and lymphatic systems to reduce swelling and bring pain relief to injured or overused muscles and joints.

For the experienced taping professional, strips of tape can be easily cut from a roll and applied in various formations. However, precut kinesiology tape applications can make the process a breeze for even novice tapers.

Here are some recommendations for products and resources to help you get started with kinesiology taping for back pain.

Lower Back Pain

For lower back pain or sciatica try the Kindmax Precut Lower Back Support. Made from one wide piece of tape, it is easy to apply and covers the entire lower back area. Each package includes clear step-by-step instructions.

Mid and Upper Back Pain

This simple application for mid and upper back pain can be easily premeasured and cut from a roll of tape. For step by step instructions, check out this video that uses Perform Tex Tape.

Postural Correction

The SpiderTech Upper Back/Postural Precut application was designed to help correct rounded shoulders and other postural issues in the upper back and shoulder blade area. The following video explains how to apply it for best results.

General Back Pain

The Kinesio Precut Back Application is a collection of strips that can be placed over any painful area, allowing for customized pain relief. This versatile taping kit can help with back spasms, back strain, lower back pain, sciatica, and also provide support for overused or strained back muscles. The following video provides application tips and instructions.

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Kinesiology Taping for Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in a women’s life – 9 months of growing a life, crazy cravings, and building excitement, awaiting the arrival of a new life. Unfortunately, many pregnant women also experience a variety of less pleasant symptoms, including nausea, swelling, increased sensitivity, difficulty sleeping, and back pain due to weight gain and an expanding belly.

A kinesiology tape “baby belt” application, designed to provide support for the abdomen & relieve discomfort in the lower back and abdominal areas.

A kinesiology tape “baby belt” application, designed to provide support for the abdomen & relieve discomfort in the lower back and abdominal areas.

Kinesiology Tape Provides Natural Pain Relief

During pregnancy, anything ingested can be transferred to the unborn child Because of this, most mothers-to-be try to avoid over the counter medications and prescription pain relievers to relieve their symptoms. Many, instead, opt for natural remedies to ease discomfort.

Kinesiology tape is a drug-free, safe alternative, that can help relieve many pregnancy symptoms including back pain, swollen feet, sciatica, carpal tunnel, and other aches and pains. Because of this, it is an ideal option for expectant mothers seeking relief from the ailments associated with pregnancy.

Made from cotton with an acrylic adhesive, k-tape is almost identical to skin in thinness and elasticity, allowing it to interact easily with the human body. The natural elasticity of the tape gently lifts the skin, allowing excess fluid to drain away and relieving pressure on pain receptors. It can be applied anywhere there is pain, swelling, spasm or weakness. When applied correctly, it begins working immediately and can continue to provide relief 24/7 for 3-5 days per application. Kinesiology tape is completely comfortable to wear and is also water resistant, so expectant mothers can wear it while showering, swimming or even exercising.

For most pregnant women, the ability to get continuous relief for several days can be a godsend. Being uncomfortable or in pain while pregnant can make sleeping difficult, and because kinesiology tape can be worn while sleeping, it can help provide much needed rest.  And unlike pregnancy belts, which can be restrictive, uncomfortable and costly, kinesiology tape can offer similar support, while still allowing full range of motion at a much more economical price. It’s available in a variety of colors and sizes, too.

Kinesiology Taping Instructions for Pregnancy

The makers of RockTape and PerformTex kinesiology tape have put together easy to follow application instructions to help provide relief and support for the discomforts of pregnancy.

RockTape Pregnancy Application Instructions (PDF)

PerformTex Pregnancy Application Instructions (PDF)

Video Instructions for Carpal Tunnel, Ankle Edema, Sciatica and Lower Back Pain

StrengthTape kinesiology taping instructions for wrist pain or carpal tunnel

Kinesiology taping instructions for ankle edema (swelling) from SpiderTech

Kinesio Tape precut application instructions for lower back pain and sciatica

Pregnant bodies go through many changes, including skin sensitivity, so it’s important to apply a small amount of tape or do a patch test prior to a final application to see how your skin reacts to the tape.

The Best Kinesiology Tape for Pregnancy

There is no kinesiology tape developed especially for pregnancy, but depending on the issues you want to treat, we can recommend the following:

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How to Cut and Apply a Fan Strip of Kinesiology Tape

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fan cut kinesio tapeWhat is a Fan Strip?

A fan strip, or edema strip, is a length of kinesiology tape that is solid at one end with 3-4 longitudnal cuts to create 4-6 narrow strips, or tails.

Some kinesiology tape comes pre-cut in fan strips, or you can easily create your own fan using a solid roll of kinesiology tape, such as RockTape or StrengthTape

Why Use  Fan Strips?

Fan strips are a safe, comfortable way to reduce swelling and bruising by increasing lymphatic drainage. The fan creates an area of decreased pressure under the tape allowing lymphatic fluid to drain away through nearby lymph ducts.

In some applications, more than one fan strip is used with the tails overlapping from different directions, or for wider areas two fan strips placed side by side.

fan cut kneeHow to Cut a Fan Strip

Place the area to be taped in a position of maximal stretch to measure the length of tape required to cover the area.  Cut a length of kinesiology tape the same length as the area to be covered.  If you are taping a wide area you may need to cut two strips of kinesiology tape.

Next, create the tails by making the desired number of lengthwise cuts beginning at one end of the tape and finishing approximately 1” from the other end.  Each of the tails should be about ¼” wide.  To prevent curling and fraying, round the corners of all cut edges.

apply edema kinesio tapeHow to Apply a Fan Strip

Before applying the fan strip make sure the area is clean and dry (See 10 Tips for Getting Kinesiology Tape to Stick).

Remove the backing from the base of the tape place it slightly above the area of swelling.  Apply the base with no stretch in the tape.

Next move the area you are taping into a stretched position to apply the strips, or tails, of the tape.  To create additional stretch, pull the skin into a stretched position as the strips are applied. Peel the backing from one of the outer strips, applying it with no stretch along the outer edge of the edema or swelling.  Apply the next strip parallel to the outer strip leaving a small amount of space between the two strips.

Make sure the strips are not touching each other.

Once the first half of the taping is completed, repeat the process with the other half, laying the tape along the opposite border of the swollen area. Rub the entire area briskly to activate the adhesive. Be sure to rub from the center toward the ends so you don’t catch an end and pull up the tape.

The makers of RockTape put together a great video demonstration of how to cut and apply fan strips. Check it out below:

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Kinesiology Taping for Sciatica and Lower Back Pain

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Theratape Sciatica Have you ever suffered from Sciatica?  For those not familiar with this lower back affliction, sciatica usually results from a herniated disc or bone spur, causing pressure on the sciatic nerve and often resulting in inflammation and pain in the lower back and hips. In severe cases, the burning pain can travel all the way down the back of the leg to the foot.  Common treatments include medications and a combination of physical therapy, exercise and kinesiology taping.

If left untreated, sciatica can worsen over time, so be proactive about treating this condition.  Speak to your doctor or physical therapist before beginning any treatments on your own, but don’t be surprised if your doctor doesn’t mention physical therapy, exercise or kinesiology taping as potential treatment options.  According to an article published by the American Physical Therapy Association, a recent study showed less than a third of primary care physicians recommended exercise and physical therapy as a treatment for sciatica, despite recommendations from the American College of Rheumatology and the American Pain Society.  If you doctor doesn’t mention these treatment options, be sure to ask.

Kinesiology Tape Application Instructions for Lower Back Pain and Sciatica

SpiderTech Lower BackKinesiology tape can help relieve pain, inflammation, and spasms associated with sciatic nerve pain. In addition to cutting strips from rolls of tape, there are precut applications that specifically target  the lower back, such as the Kindmax Precut Lower Back Support. Kinesio tape’s ability to provide support can also reduce risk of further injury, and its pain relieving properties can help you stick to an exercise plan designed to treat your sciatica.

This following video demonstrates the correct technique for applying the Kinesio Tape Precut Lower Back application to help reduce pressure on the lower back.

Precut Back Tape Application Instructions from Kinesio Tape

Downloadable application instructions for lower back pain relief from the makers of StrengthTape.

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Kinesiology Taping for Cervical Spinal Stenosis

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Cervical Spinal StenosisCervical spinal stenosis is a condition which involves the narrowing of the spinal column in the neck area. Similar to its counterpart, spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal column in the lumbar area), this condition is marked by stiffness, pain, inflammation, numbness, and weakness that can radiate throughout the shoulders and travel to the arms, legs and feet. Cervical spinal stenosis occurs when the area between the upper spinal canal (C2-C7) and the surrounding vertebra is narrowed, resulting in a compression of spinal cord and nerve roots. For most, this condition happens over time as we age, while for others, cervical stenosis can be the result of a birth defect or injury.

The pain and symptoms associated with cervical stenosis can vary, depending on the progression of the disease. While surgery is an option for patients with advanced cases, those with milder cases can often utilize a combination of non-surgical treatments, including physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and kinesiology taping to help to ease pain, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility.

SpiderTech Lymphatic SpiderKinesiology Tape and Cervical Spinal Stenosis

The application of kinesiology tape provides enhanced sensory stimulation, which can lead to a decreased perception of pain, which is a key symptom of cervical spinal stenosis. Kinesiology tape’s light weight and elasticity mimics the feel of skin, allowing for unrestricted movement, while still providing structural support. Its gentle lifting action works as you move, creating space between the skin and the fascia, which helps improve lymphatic drainage and increases blood flow, resulting in reduced inflammation and swelling.

For those suffering with cervical spinal stenosis, the pain and inflammation is often continuous. Most kinesiology tape applications are designed to be worn for up to 3-5 days, allowing for continuous relief, even while showering, swimming, or sweating.

 

The following selection of videos provide kinesiology taping instructions for pain and inflammation association with cervical spinal stenosis:

How to apply SpiderTech Fan Kinesiology Tape –  This video helps provide a great demonstration on how to apply the SpiderTech Lymphatic Spider, which is designed to reduce swelling, bruising and pain. Its “multi-fingered” design allows it to be positioned directly over the lymphatic channels that remove excess fluids from the body.

How to Tape for Neck Pain with SpiderTech Precut Neck Tape

Kinesio Precut Neck Tape Application Instructions

 

 

Kinesiology Taping for Ankle Stability

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Theratape Inversion Sprain

The most common type of ankle sprain is an inversion sprain, where the ankle rolls outward and the foot rolls inward.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, ankle sprains account for almost half of all sports injuries.

The most common type of ankle sprain is an inversion sprain, where the ankle rolls outward and the foot rolls inward, damaging the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Eversion sprains occur when the ankle rolls inward, stretching or tearing the ligaments on the inside of the ankle. These ankle injuries commonly happen during running or jumping, but can also happen when simply missing a step or walking on uneven ground.

If you suspect an ankle sprain it should be evaluated by a medical or sports professional.  Depending on the severity of the injury they may recommend refraining from certain activities for a few days up to a few months.  Not allowing the necessary time to rest or rehabilitate the area increases the risk of re-injuries later.

Other recommendations include icing and stabilizing the ankle with external support. Traditionally, this involved strapping the ankle tightly with non-elastic athletic tape. This type of strapping can only be worn for short periods of time as it’s compression effect reduces bloodflow to the injured area. Kinesiology tape, on the other hand, is thin, lightweight and flexible, allowing it to be worn around the clock during recovery from an injury.  In the early stages of an ankle injury, kinesiology tape can help reduce swelling and relieve pain. When returning to activity it can be used to provide  support and without restricting circulation and range of motion. After a return to normal activity, continued kinesio taping during exercise provides extra stability and can help prevent future injuries.

Kinesiology Taping for Ankle Stability

Kinesiology Tape Applications for Ankle Stability

The following videos provide kinesiology taping instructions for ankle stability:

How to Tape a Sprained Ankle with RockTape Kinesiology Tape

Ankle Sprain Taping Instructions using StrengthTape Kinesiology Tape

How to Tape an Ankle Sprain with PerformTex Kinesiology Tape

 

 

Kinesiology Taping for Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar Fasciitis Top Areas of PainPlantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes, supporting the arch of your foot. The condition is marked by pain in the arch of the foot and the bottom of the heel and occurs when the ligament that supports your arch is strained. Plantar Fasciitis is most seen often in runners, those with poor arch support or arch problems, and tight Achilles tendons.

Plantar Fasciitis is difficult to get rid of and many people suffer the excruciating pain for years, trying a variety of remedies with limited results. Kinesiology tape has been shown to effectively treat plantar fasciitis, as well as other causes of foot and ankle pain. Applying kinesiology tape helps to decrease the amount of pull on the plantar fascia, while also providing foot support.

Easy to follow taping instructions for Plantar Fasciitis using:

 

Kinesiology fan cut & taping kits:

Plantar Fasciitis kinesiology taping instructions

Kinesiology precut & single roll tape:

Plantar Fasciitis kinesiology taping instructions

 

Printable instructions:
Kinesio Tape Pre Cut Foot printable application instructions: TTPDFicon

 

The following selection of videos demonstrate kinesiology taping instructions for plantar fasciitis:

 

Achilles/Plantar Fasciitis Taping with SpiderTech Precut Calf & Arch Tape

Plantar Fasciitis Taping Instructions – RockTape

Plantar Fasciitis Taping Instructions using StrengthTape Kinesiology Tape

RockTape Kinesiology Taping and Exercise for Plantar Fasciitis

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Kinesiology Tape for Common Athletic Injuries

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Li Na at the Australian Open 2014

Li Na in SpiderTech tape at the Australian Open 2014

One of the many benefits of kinesiology tape is to provide structural support for weak or injured muscles or joints. While it’s not recommended for severe injuries because of its elasticity, it can be used effectively to prevent potentially harmful ranges of motion and to improve static or dynamic postures. The elasticity of kinesiology tape allows it to provide support to joints or muscles without restricting range of motion as traditional athletic tape does. The sensory feedback from kinesiology tape also discourages the injured muscles from engaging in harmful or inefficient compensatory movement patterns – all benefits that appeal to athletic individuals returning from an injury or those who are still looking to continue their training or fitness regimen as they recover. It’s no surprise that so many high profile athletes are wearing kinesiology tape and continuing to train and excel in their sport.

This 3-Step taping protocol, developed by the makers of RockTape, outlines the kinesiology tape application process for applying tape for common athletic injuries:

theratape decompression stripStep 1:

Preload the muscles by placing the affected area into a position of maximal stretch. Take your time with this step – it puts the tissues into a condition to receive maximum benefit from the tape application. Active techniques could include dynamic stretching, yoga poses or myofacial release techniques (rollers, balls, etc.). Once the maximal stretch has been achieved, this position should be held throughout the taping.

Step 2:

Apply one or more “decompression” strips directly over the most painful areas. This technique involves applying a fully stretched (except for the ends) strip horizontally across the affected muscle group. For large areas, several strips can be applied. The lifting action on the skin will provide pain relief and enhance local circulation to reduce inflammation and keep the tissues well-oxygenated.

theratape stabilization finalStep 3:

Apply “stabilization” strips around the perimeter of the affected area. This is a good place to use Y-strips, with the base at the lower end of the muscle group and the tails running vertically around the outer boundaries of the muscles. This part of the taping will support the injured area, without restricting a normal, safe range of motion.

 

 

 

 

The following selection of videos demonstrate how to apply kinesiology tape for common athletic injuries:

How to Apply Kinesiology Tape to Injured Joints and Muscles

How to Tape an AC Injury with PerformTex Kinesiology Tape

Hamstring Taping Instructions using StrengthTape Kinesiology Tape

How to Tape a Calf Strain with Rock Tape Kinesiology Tape

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Common Knee Conditions – IT Band Syndrome

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The IT Band is a sheath of fascia beginning at the hip and extending all the way down the outer thigh, ending just below the knee. The IT Band helps stabilize the knee during running and walking. Tightness or overuse of the IT Band can cause it to become inflamed, creating considerable pain and tenderness at the outer knee area, and sometimes at the hip. Once this inflammation develops, it is difficult to get rid of and is commonly referred to as IT Band Syndrome or ITBS.

IT Band Syndrome

The use of kinesiology taping in the treatment of IT Band Syndrome has been shown to provide relief of pain, swelling, and inflammation, as well as accelerate the healing process by improving blood and lymphatic circulation. The taping protocol is simple, and can easily be mastered by anyone, even if they have no training in how to apply kinesiology tape.

IT Band Kinesiology Taping Instructions

The following are easy to follow taping techniques and exercises for IT Band treatment using kinesiology tape:

IT Band Taping Instructions

Video Instructions:

How To Tape for IT Band Syndrome with RockTape Kinesiology Tape

Exercises for IT Band Syndrome with RockTape Kinesiology Tape

IT Band Kinesiology Taping Instructions from SpiderTech

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Common Knee Conditions – Runner’s Knee

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downloadRunner’s knee, or Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), is one of the most common causes of knee pain. Despite its name, it’s a condition not solely connected to runners, and can occur in anyone who puts a lot of stress on their knees. In the sports world, runners, skiers, and cyclists are most prone to runner’s knee, but it can also occur in individuals whose occupations involve frequent bending of the knee through squatting or climbing of stairs or ladders

The most common symptom of runner’s knee is pain around or behind the kneecap (patella), especially when going up and down stairs or hills. .  Kneeling, sitting, bending and squatting are also painful and are often accompanied by a grinding or clicking when the knee is bent or straightened.

Traditional treatment options for runner’s knee include stretching, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), strengthening exercises, rest and anti-inflammatory medication.  More recently, therapists, trainers and athletes are applying kinesiology tape to help alleviate the symptoms of runner’s knee, or to prevent it from recurring.  A few strips of kinesiology tape can help stabilize the patella, as well as reduce pain and inflammation. Kinesiology taping is especially popular with athletes as it can often allow them to continue training and competing as they recover from this overuse injury.

Kinesiology Taping Resources for Runner’s Knee:

How to tape Runner’s Knee:

How to tape for Runner's Knee

A selection on videos from our YouTube channel:

Kinesio Taping for Runner’s Knee with RockTape

Kinesiology Tape PreCut Application Instructions from Kinesio Tape

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