Every year, the Performance Health Scientific Advisory Committee meets to unveil each member’s current research findings and discuss the implications the research has on clinicians, patients and the industry as a whole. This year, Todd Ellenbecker DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS of Physiotherapy Associates in Scottsdale Arizona is currently researching the effects of TheraBand Kinesiology Tape on shoulder muscle function.

Shoulder kinesiology taping method

During his research, Dr. Ellenbecker will be assessing internal and external rotation strength in healthy and injured patients, both with and without the application of kinesiology tape.

To apply the kinesiology tape:

  1. Place a pillow under the arm of the patient. There should be about 20 degrees of abduction in the scapular plane.
  2. Apply four pieces of TheraBand Kinesiology Tape, each at 25% tension:
    1. First on the central deltoid
    2. Second on the anterior deltoid
    3. Third on the posterior deltoid
    4. Fourth on the posterior humeral head (this is commonly referred to as a humeral head relocation strip)

Watch Dr. Ellenbecker demonstrate his shoulder kinesiology taping method!

The Performance Health Academy maintains the most comprehensive database of kinesiology tape research and techniques. The Academy database allows you to find and print evidence-based Kinesiology Taping Techniques for free!

In our #TapeTuesday series, we will be sharing methods for different types of tape application, as well as the accompanying research to support it. We’ll talk about therapeutic and preventive taping, such as TheraBand Kinesiology Tape and Cramer Athletic Tape to name a few. Click here to see our other posts in the #TapeTuesday series!

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