Upper Back Taping Technique
The following guidelines are for information purposes only. We recommend seeking professional advice before beginning rehabilitation. This taping will encourage correct posture of the upper back and neck and so will aid in the rehabilitation of neck pain.
Tape and equipment
You will need one roll of 1.5 inch (3-4cm) or similar zinc oxide tape which is non elastic. If you have a very hairy back you may need to shave to prevent discomfort when removing the tape -also to provide a better surface for the tape to stick to. Use this taping technique in the early stages of rehabilitation to encourage good posture and take some stress off the back. Do not rely on it long term as this will lead to muscle weakness.
Stand or sit in an upright position with shoulders back. Place one strip of tape from the bottom of the neck, down the back, pulling gently downwards when applying the tape.
Place another strip of tape the other side of the neck in the same way.
Repeat this process on the first side coming from the front of the shoulder down the back.
Repeat step 3 on the other side of the back to complete the process.
This taping technique will aid in posture correction and help temporarily take the strain off the upper back and neck. Use in the short term for pain relief and to assist in educating about maintaining the correct posture. Avoid using it for more than a few days as the athlete may get to rely on it and muscles may start to weaken.