The cervical spine is the source of an incredible amount of movement and stability, and unfortunately, pain. Among the many therapy options to treat neck pain is kinesiology tape. A few studies have explored how kinesiology tape affects the neck, like a 2012 study that concluded “patients with mechanical neck pain who received cervical thrust manipulation or kinesiology taping exhibited similar reductions in neck pain intensity and disability and similar changes in active cervical range of motion.” (Saavedra-Hernandez M et al. 2012). Not convinced yet? Maybe you should just try it out for yourself. In this episode of Dr. Phil Page’s Kinesiology Taping 101 Series you’ll learn a cervical kinesiology taping technique to try out with your patients suffering from neck pain and discomfort.
How to apply kinesiology tape to the cervical spine
To tape to the neck, follow these steps:
- To begin, cut one short Y-strip and one small I-strip.
- Apply the anchor of the Y-strip to the C7 area. Remove the backing to the end of the tails, and place the patients neck in a flexed position. Remove the backing to the end of the tails, and apply the tails around either side of the neck with 25-50% tension. Apply the anchors of the tail ends with no tension.
- Tear the I-strip of kinesiology tape with a “band-aid” tear. Stretch to 50% tension and apply the center of the strip on the center of the C7. Apply the remainder of the tape, leaving no tension on the anchors.
- Rub the kinesiology tape down onto the skin to ensure optimum adhesion.
Watch Dr. Phil Page demonstrate this kinesiology taping technique!
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Saavedra-Hernandez M et al. 2012. Short-Term Effects of Kinesio Taping Versus Cervical Thrust Manipulation in Patients With Mechanical Neck Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy 42(8):724-730