Kinesiology taping can be applied in a number of ways and is used to activate muscles, deactivating muscles as well as draining lymph/tissue fluids away from the site of injury.
Here we explain when and how kinesiotaping is used as part of hamstring strain rehabilitation.
During the later stages of rehabilitation kinesiotaping for the hamstring muscles is used to encourage or increase the activation of the muscle fibres.
How to apply kinesiotaping for hamstrings
The following is for information purposes. We always recommend seeking professional advice before attempting and self treatment.
First of all the tape is prepared ready to apply.
- Cut three strips of tape so there are no sharp corners at the ends. This helps prevent it coming away from the skin once applied.
- Fold each strip of tape over at around 1/4 to 1/3 down and tear the protective backing along the line of the fold.
- Detach the smaller top part of the protective backing exposing the sticky tape.
Applying the tape
- Ensure the muscle is in a stretched position. It is important to know where the hamstring muscles originate and insert so you can apply tape fully along the length of the muscle.
- Starting at the top (origin) or the muscle, apply the sticky part of the tape at the origin or the muscle without any tension or stretch applied to the tape.
- Then by gradually removing the rest of the tape backing, apply tape along the full length of the muscle to the point where it inserts below the knee.
- Appy approximately 50% stretch to the bottom 3/4 of the kinesiology tape when applying it.
- Next activate the glue in the tape by rubbing along the length of the tape. This creates heat which activates the glue making it stick more effectively.
- Repeat the process with the other two strips of kinesiology tape along the other two hamstring muscles.
The hamstring muscles
Here is a quick reminder of the location of the hamsting muscles.