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Have you suffered from Runner’s Knee? Check out our latest blog: Common Knee Conditions – Runner’s Knee at Theratape.com for information on this condition and kinesiology tape application instructions.

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Don’t miss our new blog at Theratape.com! Check out our latest post, Kinesiology Taping for Pain Relief and learn about how to apply kinesiology tape for pain relief.

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Check out our blog, The Basics of Applying Kinesiology Tape, on Theratape.com and learn about key application techniques.

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NeuroStructural Kinesiology Taping DVD Five years ago, only a few enlightened therapists were offering kinesiology taping in their practices. Since then, the use of kinesiology taping has exploded and is now a mainstream modality in medical offices, hospitals, physical therapy clinics, chiropractic practices, schools, and even the military. One of the challenges for health care practitioners new to kinesiology taping is where to learn the principles and application techniques. All of the kinesiology tape manufacturers offer hands-on certification programs, usually conducted over one or two weekends, but many busy clinicians don’t have the time or budget to travel to attend these events. Fortunately, there are now some excellent DVDs available that cover both the theory and practice of kinesiology taping. The newest of these offerings is called Neuro-Structural Taping Technique, or NSTT for short.

The NSTT training program consists of over 5 hours of training on 2 DVD’s. The training begins with an overview of the science and mechanisms behind kinesiology taping, followed by an explanation of the different types of applications and general application principles. The balance of the program is devoted to demonstrations of taping techniques, segmented by body part. Advanced medical terminology is used throughout this DVD set and it is not recommended for those without medical or allied health backgrounds.

The presenter is Dr. Kevin Jardine, creator of the SpiderTech line of precut kinesiology tape. A majority of the taping techniques are demonstrated using the precut SpiderTech applications, but it is not difficult to extrapolate the principles to working with rolls of uncut tape.

The NeuroStructural Kinesiology Taping DVD includes:

  • 5 hours of training
  • Step by step instructions for 55 different taping protocols
  • 19 upper extremity applications
  • 17 applications for spine and torso
  • 19 lower extremity taping protocols
  • Kinesiology taping mechanisms explained
  • Major application types
  • Application tips, including skin preparation and tape handling

The NeuroStructural Taping DVD set is available at Theratape.com, a website specializing in kinesiology tape and taping supplies. Theratape also offers a Health Professional’s Resource Center with a wide variety of kinesiology taping information for clinicians, as well as a Professional Discount Program for licensed health care professionals and educational institutions.

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The video below, features physical therapist, Chris Harper, explaining everything a beginning taper needs to know about applying KT Tape Precut Strips. Some of the highlights:

  • KT Tape is specially designed for consumer use. No special training is required to apply it effectively.
  • The tape can be used for a wide variety of conditions, including strained or overused muscles and joints.
  • KT Tape differs from conventional taping, wrapping, and bracing products in that it provides support without interfering with movement.
  • Kinesiology tape decreases pain and can also reduce inflammation and swelling.
  • While conventional kinesiology tapes require measuring and cutting, KT Tape comes in convenient pre-cut strips, that make the application process much simpler.
  • The rounded corners on KT Tape Precut Strips are designed to minimize curling and fraying, while perforations down the length of the tape allow it to be quickly modified for a variety of configurations.
  • Pre-cut strips can be used in two configurations: “I” strips and “Y” strips. “I” strips may be used “as is” right off the roll. “Y” strips require folding the strip lengthwise and tearing it along the perforation to separate the two halves and create the “arms” of the “Y.”

In addition to the application tips listed in “Getting Your KT Tape to Stick – Part 1,” the video also offers a few additional helpful hints:

  • Rather than removing all of the backing at once, remove only the backing of each section as you apply it. Begin by tearing the backing two inches from the end to create an anchor point for the strip. Then apply the rest of the tape as either an I or Y strip.
  • If using multiple strips of tape, be sure that the tape ends are applied to bare skin and don’t end on another piece of tape.

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KT Tape Precut StripsKT Tape could be called the most consumer-friendly brand of kinesiology tape. It comes neatly packaged in rolls of tear-off precut strips, eliminating the need for scissors and cutting for most applications. In addition, the company has created a vast library of both printable application instructions and instructional videos for a wide variety of injuries.

This makes KT Tape Precut Strips the ideal kinesiology tape for those who don’t have access to trainers or therapists to apply their tape. Although taping yourself may seem daunting at first, an important piece of advice the company offers is not to be afraid to “jump in and just go for it.” Although there is a bit of a learning curve, the KT Tape advisors say that after three or four tries, most beginners will be taping just like the pros.

The KT experts give six general rules for getting your KT Tape to stick:

1. Before starting, ensure that the skin is clean and dry. For best results, clean the skin with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer to give the adhesive a good contact. Clip excessive body hair close to the skin.

2. Rounded corners help prevent tape ends from curling or lifting away from the skin. KT Tape Precut Strips come with rounded corners, but if you do any cutting yourself, be sure to round every corner.

2. For taping over joints such as knees and elbows, place the joint in its maximum bent position before applying tape. By putting the body part in a position of maximum stretch, this prevents the tape from overstretching later and loosening the adhesive.

3. Make sure the final inch at both ends of the tape are applied with absolutely no stretch so the ends won’t lift up or curl.

4. Briskly rub the KT Tape after application to activate the adhesive and make sure all edges adhere to the skin.

Want to see the rules in action? Tune into “Getting Your KT Tape to Stick – Part 2” for a great video that shows everything you need to know.

 

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PowerTaping Manual, 2nd Edition, 2010The award for best kinesiology taping instruction manual of 2010 goes to RockTape’s PowerTaping: Taping Movements, Not Muscles, 2nd Edition. This 117 page manual, with over 70 color photos and illustrations, provides new insights into the field of kinesio taping for both rehabilitation and sports performance. It provides a comprehensive technical education for anyone utilizing kinesiology taping on a regular basis.

The information is divided into 5 main topic areas:

1. PowerTaping for Rehabilitation

A 3-step process beginning with preloading the structure through stretch, followed by taping for stabilization, then taping for decompression (pain relief). Taping instructions are provided for a wide variety of injuries and medical conditions.

2. PowerTaping for Edema Control

Enhancing lymphatic drainage to relieve swelling and edema. Step-by-step illustrated instructions are provided for the thigh, knee, ankle, neck and arm.

3. Power Taping for Postural Control

Includes instructions for abdominal strain/thoraco-lumbar facet, rotational-lateral truck correction and upper cross syndrome.

4. Power Taping for Pregnancy

Taping techniques for a wide variety of pregnancy-related issues, including SI joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, rib pain, diaphragm pain, piriformis/posterior hip pain and more.

5. PowerTaping for Athletic Performance

RockTape’s groundbreaking research into taping entire “movement chains” to reduce fatigue and enhance muscle activation. Includes sport-specific taping instructions for running, swimming, throwing, cycling, kicking and squatting.

This manual was written for health professionals and athletic trainers and contains some moderate to difficult medical terminology. The taping instructions, however, are simple and clearly illustrated and require no medical background to understand and follow.

The PowerTaping Manual, 2nd Edition is now available at Theratape.com.

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Finger JamVolleyball and basketball seasons go hand in hand (pun intended) with jammed fingers. A finger jam occurs when a ball makes contact directly on the tip of the finger. The force is transmitted through the fingertip to the knuckles. Although the initial pain is felt in the fingertip, it is usually one of the knuckles that is more seriously injured. Depending on the severity of the sprain, the knuckle may end up bruised,  swollen and excruciatingly painful.

Athletes who want to continue playing with a finger jam injury need to provide support to the injured area. Restrictive taping, however, can interfere with touch and the ability to control the ball. This is the type of situation where kinesiology tape can provide the perfect balance between mobility and support. The elasticity of kinesiology tape allows it to provide support to joints or muscles without restricting range of motion as traditional athletic tape does.

KT Tape is a major kinesiology tape brand in the US and internationally. Following are some very simple instructions for applying KT Tape quickly and effectively to a jammed finger.

Taping a Finger Jam with KT Tape - 1Step 1: Cut a strip of KT Tape that is 1/2″ to 1″ wide and 6″ to 8″ long, depending on the size of the finger. Tear the backing in the middle of the tape and peel it back toward the ends. With the finger straight, anchor the middle of the tape on the pad of the injured finger and run one end of the tape along the inside of the finger.

Taping a Jammed Finger with KT Tape - 2Step 2: With the finger bent as much as possible. apply the other end of the tape along the top of the finger, ending on the top of the hand above the last knuckle. Do not stretch the tape as it is applied. When finished, rub the taped area gently to activate the adhesive. The finger will feel as though it is being gently pulled into an extended position.

The tape should be applied at least an hour before exercise or showering.

Pregnancy Shortness of BreathBy the third trimester of pregnancy, the uterus has expanded to fill the entire space between the pelvis and the breast bone. This puts a significant amount of pressure on the diaphragm, the band of muscle separating the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. When unrestricted, the diaphragm moves up and down as it contracts and relaxes, pushing air in and out of the lungs. As the baby grows, it pushes up on the diaphragm, limiting its ability to move up and down. This is responsible for the shortness of breath most women experience towards the end of  pregnancy. Because the diaphragm contains many nerves, pressure applied to the diaphragm can cause also pain, not only in the diaphragm, but also referred pain in the ribs and even the shoulders.

The RockTape Kinesiology Tape company leads the field in kinesiology taping applications for pregnancy. A simple, inexpensive and safe technique to relieve diaphragm-related discomfort is to apply a strip of kinesiology tape around the upper perimeter of the baby bump. The following diagram and instructions are taken from the RockTape Pregnancy Applications poster, which details 12 different taping techniques for a variety of pregnancy-related discomforts.

1. Begin by cutting a strip of Rock Tape long enough to stretch around the entire upper border of the “baby bump.” Round the corners to help prevent peeling.

Rock Tape Pregnancy Taping for the Diaphragm

2. Fold the tape in half and tear the backing completely across the center of the strip. Peel the backing away from the center a few inches in each direction.

3. Apply the center of the tape on the top of the bulge, directly below the sternum/breastbone. With a full inhalation of breath, continue to remove the backing and apply the tape with a slight stretch along the outer perimeter of the abdomen.

4. Apply the final 2-3″ of tape with no stretch. Rub the entire length of the tape to activate the adhesive.

Rocktape Pregnancy Taping Poster

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Pregnancy Taping Instructions

Would you like a copy of the entire RockTape Pregnancy Application poster with 12 different kinesiology taping applications for conditions related to pregnancy. CLICK HERE to order.

Back Pain in Pregnancy

As pregnancy advances, the lion’s share of the work supporting the ever-growing baby bulge falls squarely on the lower back muscles. The further in front the abdomen protrudes, the more work the back muscles must do to stabilize and support the entire area. No wonder lower back pain is a common pregnancy complaint! Muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory drugs are not recommended during pregnancy, leaving many moms-to-be desperate for a safe, natural remedy for their aching backs.

While kinesiology taping is most widely used to treat sports injuries, the mechanisms that help a cyclist’s spasmed back muscles relax and recover are equally applicable to a pregnant woman with lower back pain and spasms.

RockTape, the maker of a line of premium kinesiology tape, has been a leader in developing kinesiology taping applications for the aches and pains of pregnancy. Following is a simple kinesiology taping technique that can bring immense relief to anyone dealing with lower back pain, inflammation or spasms. The tape should be applied with the body curled forward from the waist, to put the back muscles in a position of maximal stretch.

RockTape for Lower Back Pain in Pregnancy1. Cut 2 strips of RockTape, long enough to stretch from gluteal area to the bra line.

2. Remove the backing from the first 2-3″ of Rock Tape and apply to the upper gluteal area on one side of the spine. Continue to apply the tape beside the spine, with no additional stretch, removing the backing as the tape is applied.

3. Repeat on the other side of the spine.

Kinesiology Taping for Lower Back Pain in Pregnancy4. Apply a horizontal “decompression strip” directly over the most painful area. Take a 6-8″ length of RockTape and tear the backing across the middle. Peel the backing away from the center in both directions, leaving approximately 2′ at each end. Holding both ends of the tape, stretch it to 50% of its maximum stretch and apply, rubbing briskly to activate the adhesive. Then remove the backing from the ends of the tape and apply them with no stretch.

Rocktape Pregnancy Taping Poster

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Pregnancy Taping Instructions

Would you like a copy of the entire RockTape Pregnancy Application poster with 12 different kinesiology taping applications for conditions related to pregnancy. CLICK HERE to order.

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