So how do you kinesio tape a low back? In this video, you are going to learn how I use kinesio tape in my Jupiter, FL chiropractic practice for back pain as well as a few tips doctors use to make kinesio taping easier.
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What is kinesiology tape? Kinesio tape is an elastic therapeutic tape that helps support different movement patterns while supporting muscles and joint. It has been around for many years but gained popularity during the 2008 Olympics. Now you can see kinesio tape many athletes everyday. Kinesio tape is different from regular athletic tape because kinesio tape is elastic and has a wave pattern that helps reduce edema and swelling. Instead of restricting movement like regular athletic tape, kinesio tape help support the full range of motion of a joints while supporting the muscles.
Prepping the skin:
The first step to taping a low back is making sure the skin is prepped and clean. Tape naturally doesn’t like, oils, lotions, or hair, so use some rubbing alcohol and a razor (if needed) to clean the skin.
Then it’s time to cut the tape. Use a sharp pain of scissors to cut the tape and the tape length will vary based to the size of your patient. On my model today, I’m cutting 2 one-foot vertical pieces as well as 1 10-inch horizontal decompression strip.
Pro tip #1: is to round the corners of the tape so it doesn’t catch on clothing and you’ll find the tape will last longer.
Pro tip #2: to remove the tape from the paper, don’t try to peel it from the edge. Instead, take the back and rip it. Then it’s easy to peel off.
How To Apply Kinesio Tape:
I always apply the decompression strip first with higher tension. First rip the ends of the paper, and then use about 60% tension of the decompression strip. Have the patient lean forward, apply the strip over the area of greatest pain, and then apply the ends with 0% tension.
The vertical strips are applied to the spine along the muscles. Again, tear the ends off and apply the ends with no tension. Next, have the patient flex forward and apply the vertical strips of kinesio tape with approximately 25-30% tension. The ends are applied once again with no tension. If the tape is applied properly, it will look like a big H.
Pro Tip #3: most adhesives stick better with heat. Rub the kinesio tape to warm it up with friction to activate the adhesive.
You will notice as the model sits up, the tape will slightly wrickle. That is exactly when we want because the wrinkling aids in lifting the connective tissue (fascia) away from the muscles, reducing myofascial adhesions (scar tissue).
There are many different brands of kinesio tape, but in this video I used Rock Tape because of its very strong adhesive properties. A link to the tape and scissors I use can found in the YouTube video description or you can go to the following Amazon Affiliate links.
That leads me into the “Question of the Day:” What brand of kinesio tape do you use and what variations in taping technique do you find helpful? Let me know if the comments below. If you found this video helpful, punch that like button, subscribe, and we will see you in the next video
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