Kinesiology tape has been used to reduce shoulder pain, like that caused by shoulder impingement syndrome and more. With its proven benefits and the ongoing research supporting the modality, using kinesiology tape to treat shoulder pain can be incredibly effective. In this episode of Dr. Phil Page’s Kinesiology Taping 101 Series you’ll learn a shoulder support kinesiology taping technique to try out with your patients suffering from shoulder pain and discomfort.

Shoulder support kinesiology taping technique

To tape for shoulder support, follow these steps:

  • To begin, cut one Y-strip and one I-strip.
  • Apply the anchor of the Y-strip over the deltoid insertion point without any tension. Remove the backing to the end of the tails, and apply the tails around the contour of the deltoid with 25-50% tension. Apply the anchors of the tail ends with no tension.
  • Apply the anchor of the I-strip to the front of the shoulder without any tension. Have the patient gently pull their shoulder back into a better position and apply the tape with 25-50% tension. Apply the anchor without tension.
  • 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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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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