We’ve previously covered a kinesiology taping technique for lumbar pain; a standard two-strip tape job. This week, we’re adding some variety to your patient care options by introducing you to the star-pattern.
Back in 2013, a study was conducted to study “the effects of kinesiology tape applied to chronic low back pain patients on anticipatory postural control and cerebral cortex potential” (Bae, SH et al. 2013). After applying the kinesiology tape in a star-pattern, researchers concluded that kinesiology tape applied to patients with chronic low back pain found reduced pain and a positive affected their anticipatory postural control and movement-related cortical potential.
In this final episode of Dr. Phil Page’s Kinesiology Taping 101 Series , you’ll learn a star-patterned kinesiology taping technique for patients suffering from back pain and discomfort.
Star Kinesiology Taping Technique for Lumbar Pain
To apply kinesiology tape for postural support, follow these steps:
- Begin with three shorter I-strips of equal length.
- Using a Band-Aid tear, apply the middle of the tape over the area of pain with 25-50% tension. Apply anchors with no tension.
- Repeat for the remaining I-strips by placing the center of each piece over the same area of pair to create a star pattern.
- 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!
Bae, SH et al. 2013. The effects of kinesio taping on potential in chronic low back pain patients anticipatory postural control and cerebral cortex Journal Of Physical Therapy Science 25(11):1367-1371