Kinesio Tape Techniques

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Kinesio Tape Techniques
The Kinesio taping techniques are beneficial for various injuries. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

The Kinesio taping method is a series of rehabilitative techniques designed to provide stability and support to the joints and muscles, while facilitating the body's natural healing process. These techniques are also non-restrictive and allow for full range of motion. The Kinesio taping method uses latex-free tape strips in special shapes such as I, X and Y, which are wearable for several days. There are many tape techniques useful for orthopaedic, neurological and neuromuscular medical conditions.

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Knee Technique

Have the individual sit on a chair or bench and extend the effected leg. Take the first Y-shaped tape and position the base of the Y at the front of the thigh. Gently bend the knee to a 90-degree angle and without stretching, wrap the tails around the kneecap. Take the second Y tape and position the base of the Y just below the knee. Without stretching, wrap the tails of the second Y around the kneecap. The knee technique is ideal for conditions such as patella tracking and Hoffa's syndrome.

Shoulder Technique

Take the Y tape and position the base of the Y on the middle of the upper arm. Without stretching, wrap the tails around the shoulder muscle. Take the I tape and position the base of the I over the top of the shoulder. Hold the arm at a 90-degree angle and apply tape, without stretching, from the shoulder and down to the arm. Keep arm at a 90-degree angle and gently rub the tape to activate the glue. The shoulder technique is ideal for conditions such as a rotator cuff injury and sternoclavicular joint sprain.

Back Technique

Have the individual bend forward and with a light stretch, apply an I strip from the tailbone up to the spine on each side. Take the second I strip and remove the backing from the middle of the strip. With a light stretch, apply the strip to the centre of the strained area. Smooth ends of the strip on both sides to complete the application. The back technique is ideal for conditions such as herniated disc, subluxations and other lower back strain problems.

Neck Technique

Take the Y tape and position the base of the Y on the upper neck. Have the individual tilt forward and without stretching, extend each tail to the beginning of each shoulder blade. Remove the paper backing of an I strip and apply it to the strained area with a light stretch. Smooth ends of the strip on both sides to complete the application. The neck technique is ideal for conditions such as whiplash and headaches.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Technique

Gently extend the arm outward, with the palm facing upward. Position the base of the X strip on the inside of the wrist. Leaving one to two inches of the tails unstretched, extend one tail toward the little finger, one tail toward the thumb and the remaining tails toward the outer and inner elbow joints. Lightly stretch an I strip around the back of the wrist. Smooth ends of the strip on the inner wrist to complete the application.

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