The kinesiology-taping master is back! Dr. Phil Page continues his Kinesiology Taping 101 #TapeTuesday series with taping techniques to help you with common twinges, pains and ailments. We’re kicking off the taping frenzy with a simple technique for the Achilles tendon. All you need is two strips of TheraBand Kinesiology Tape, an ache in the Achilles, and two minutes to learn along with the guru!
How to Apply Kinesiology Tape to the Achilles Tendon
To tape the Achilles tendon, follow these easy steps:
- To begin, measure one y-strip roughly two feet long and one short i-strip.
- Apply the anchor of the y-strip to the bottom of the heel
- Remove the backing of the kinesiology tape up to the two tail ends of the y-strip.
- Apply the tails of the y-strip on either side of the gastroc with 25-50% tension.
- Rub the kinesiology tape down onto the skin to ensure optimum adhesion to the skin.
- Break the backing of the short I strip down the middle and apply the center directly over top of the Achilles tendon with 25% tension.
- Rub the kinesiology tape to ensure optimum adhesion to the skin.
Watch Dr. Phil Page demonstrate the kinesiology taping technique!
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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!