A simple Kinesiology taping technique to help relieve low back pain. Sports Physiotherapist Neal Reynolds demonstrates how to apply K-tape to deactivate the muscles in the low back. As a result, this technique helps relax them and relieve back pain.
What is kinesiology taping for back pain?
Kinesiology taping, also known as k-taping or elastic taping, is a therapeutic taping technique using a stretchy, elastic tape to the lower back. The aim is to support the muscles of the lower back and de-activate them. In orther words, protect them, allowing them to relax, while allowing for a full range of motion.
Does it work?
While kinesiology taping is widely used, its effectiveness for low back pain is still a topic of debate among healthcare professionals. Some people find relief from low back pain with kinesiology taping, while others may not experience significant benefits. View research articles on kinesiology taping for low back pain.
Tips for applying kinesiology taping for low back pain
Here are general steps you can follow if you’re considering kinesiology taping for low back pain:
Choose the right tape
There are various brands and types of kinesiology tape available. Choose a high-quality tape that is breathable, hypoallergenic, and designed for sensitive skin. The tape should also have good adhesive properties to ensure it stays in place.
Prepare the skin
Clean the area where you plan to apply the tape to remove any oils, lotions, or sweat. Dry the skin thoroughly.
The technique for applying kinesiology tape can vary depending on the specific goals, but a common method for low back pain involves the following steps:
- Stretch the skin slightly by bending forward or sideways, depending on the area of pain.
- Apply an anchor point at one end of the tape without any stretch.
- At the middle portion of the tape apply a 50% stretch.
- Apply the other end of the tape without any stretch.
While applying the kinesiology tape with some tension for low back pain is important, avoid overstretching. This is because it may lead to skin irritation and not provide the intended benefits.
Observe for Adverse Reactions
Monitor your skin for any signs of irritation, redness, or discomfort. In particular, if you experience any adverse reactions, remove the tape and consult with a healthcare professional.
Consult a Healthcare Professional: Before trying kinesiology taping or any other self-treatment for low back pain, it’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional. They can assess your condition, provide a proper diagnosis, and recommend appropriate treatment options.
It’s important to note that kinesiology taping should not replace a comprehensive treatment plan for low back pain. It is often used as part of a broader approach that may include exercises, manual therapy, and lifestyle modifications. Always seek professional advice before attempting any new treatment for low back pain.
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