Whether it’s a broken elbow or a stubbed toe, swelling is an incredibly common, natural occurrence in the human body. Traditional methods such as ice and lymphatic massage are common ways to manage the symptoms of swelling, but clinicians are leaning towards more modern therapeutic methods to provide lasting results. Studies have shown that using kinesiology tape to reducing swelling has resulted in faster reduction of edema and long-lasting results. To continue his Kinesiology Taping 101 Series, Dr. Phil Page demonstrates this kinesiology taping technique to reduce swelling. Grab your TheraBand Kinesiology Tape and let’s get started!

How to Use Kinesiology Tape to Reduce Swelling

To tape for swelling in any area of the body, follow these steps:

  • To begin, start with one fan-cut
  • Apply the anchor proximally to the area of swelling, ideally close to a lymphatic drainage point.
  • Remove the backing of the kinesiology tape up to the tail ends of the fan strip.
  • Apply the tails over the swollen area at 25% tension.
  • Rub the kinesiology tape down onto the skin to ensure optimum adhesion.

Watch Dr. Phil Page demonstrate the kinesiology taping technique!

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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