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However, Kinesio® always recommends that you consult a CKTP (Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner) before applying the tape for the first time. In this section, you will find a few of our suggested applications for several conditions. These applications can all be found in our Kinesio Taping manuals along with numerous other applications and conditions.
1. Place the base of a “ Y” strip at the upper part of the neck
2. Without adding stretch, extend tails to each side of spine while tilting the neck forward.
3. Tear paper backing in the middle of the “I” strip. While holding the ends, lightly stretch the middle and place over the strained area. Apply ends with no added stretch.
1. Bend to forward to stretch back muscles. Apply each “I” strip lightly above the tailbone and extend up along each side of the spine, adding very little stretch
2. Tear paper backing at 3. Lay down ends with no middle of “I” strip. Still bent added stretch. forward, add light to moderate stretch and place the center of the tape over strained area.
1. Place base of “Y” strip at midpoint of upper arm. Extend both sides of the tape to wrap around the shoulder muscle with no added stretch.
2. Place base of “I” strip over 3. While arm is at 90° rub tape top of shoulder. Hold arm at to activate glue. 90° and apply tape on shoulder and down arm, with no stretch.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
1. Extend arm with palm up. Place base of “X” strip on inside of wrist. Extend one tail toward base of thumb and the other toward base of little finger. Extend wrist adding light to moderate stretch to all but last 1-2 inches.
2. Extend opposite tails towards inner & outer sides of elbow joint, adding light to moderate stretch to all but last 1-2 inches.
3. Wrap “I” strip around the wrist, adding light stretch to tape over back of wrist and no stretch to tape over inside of wrist.
1. Sit down with leg extended. Place the base of first “Y” tape at the front of the thigh.
2. Bend the knee to 90° and wrap tails around the kneecap with very little or no stretch.
3. Place base of second “Y” strip slightly below the knee, and wrap tails around the kneecap with very little or no stretch.
Kinesio Taping Method Kinesio Taping® Method
The Kinesio Taping® Method is a definitive rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as providing extended soft tissue manipulation to prolong the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting. Latex-free and wearable for days at a time, Kinesio® Tex Tape is safe for populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric, and successfully treats a variety of orthopedic, neuromuscular, neurological and other medical conditions. The Kinesio® Taping Method is a therapeutic taping technique not only offering your patient the support they are looking for, but also rehabilitating the affected condition as well. By targeting different receptors within the somatosensory system, Kinesio® Tex Tape alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage by microscopically lifting the skin. This lifting affect forms convolutions in the skin thus increasing interstitial space and allowing for a decrease in inflammation of the affected areas.
Based upon years of clinical use, Kinesio® Tex Tape is specifically applied to the patient based upon their needs after evaluation. The findings of the clinical evaluation or assessment dictate the specifics of the Kinesio® Tex Tape application and other possible treatments or modalities. With the utilization of single “I” strips or modifications in the shape of an “X”, “Y” or other specialized shapes as well as the direction and amount of stretch placed on the tape at time of application, Kinesio® Tex Tape can be applied in hundreds of ways and has the ability to reeducate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, enhance performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis. The Kinesio Benefit Evaluation and assessment are key in the treatment of any clinical condition. In order to get the desired results from a Kinesio Tex Tape application as well as any other treatment, a full assessment of your patient is necessary. In some cases, the treatment of a condition may require
treatment of other underlying conditions as well. This assessment should include manual muscle testing, range of motion testing, gait assessment, and any other orthopedic special tests that you deem necessary. The information gained from these assessments will allow for the proper treatment protocol to be laid out. Kinesio Tex Tape can be a valuable addition to this protocol. It has been proven to have positive physiological effects on the skin, lymphatic and circulatory system, fascia, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. It can be used in conjunction with a multitude of other treatments and modalities within your clinic and is effective during the rehabilitative and chronic phases on an injury as well as being used for preventative measures. Education Education is a one of the key elements of the Kinesio Taping Method and its continued success in the world of therapeutic taping. Along with certified KT practitioners around the world, Dr. Kase is dedicated to advancing the art and science of the method through education, clinical practice and research. It is vital that a consistent standard of practice is maintained and allied health professionals wishing to learn more about the Kinesio Taping Method are encouraged to participate in seminars and courses which are offered by Certified Kinesio Taping Instructors (CKTI). After completing a certification course, practitioners join a select group of medical professionals who are able to properly use the Kinesio Taping Method within their realm of practice.