KT Tape May Be an Hurt Master s Ace In The Hole

 

KT Tape: Achilles Tendonitis

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KT Tape: Shoulder Dislocation Taping

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KT Tape: Hamstrings

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Shin Splints

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KT Tape: Full Knee Support

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SCAM or SCIENCE? Kinesio Tape reviewed by Doctor

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KT Tape: Rotator Cuff

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KT Tape Might Be an Injured Walker’s Secret Weapon. Chances are you’ve already seen eye-catching kinesiology tape (aka KT or kinesio tape) on professional athletes. Quarterback Tom Brady used it to help him play without discomfort in the Super Bowl, while professional golfer Jordan Speith was spotted wearing it on his wrist when competing.

“By giving targeted areas much-needed support and stability, KT tape can help you start walking with confidence again after common walking injuries like runner’s knee, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and shin splints,” says Beldini. Furthermore, it may help delay fatigue in the newly healed area as you gradually return to your walking routine, adds Giordano. It might have looked like electrical tape, but this was something called KT Tape, a kinesiology tape designed to relieve pain and support muscle.

This special tape is an athlete’s secret weapon against strains and pains, bracing and reinforcing knee strength without restricting range of mobility. KT knee tape is crafted with a special, breathable material and adhesive that’s waterproof and incredibly flexible. KT Tape ® Pro-X is a kinesiology patch specially designed to provide targeted relief for muscle pain, overuse injuries, and tendon-related pain and injuries.* KT Tape ® Pro-X patches were developed for the on-the-go, active consumer who appreciates a healthy lifestyle and doesn’t want to be slowed down by pain or complex taping applications. The tape allowed more load to be placed on the injured ankle.

The load placed on an ankle with limited capacity then broke his ankle. This is the risk that is took when the pain response is shut off. How to Use KT Tape to Deal With the Most Common Running Injuries Just a few strips can stop IT band syndrome, hamstring strains, shin splint. In Death Stranding, the rate at which Sam obtains new gear and weapons is tied directly to his quest to reconnect America by bringing each facility and prepper. Comfortable to wear for up to 7 days Stays on in water Durable 100% Synthetic Fibers are highly breathable KT Tape strips can be cut and applied using the edema taping technique to help provide swelling and inflammation relief.

KT Tape products can be used for alternative medical uses in an emergency such as splinting and bracing. Philip Newton, physiotherapist and director of Lilleshall Sports Injury Rehab, agrees the benefits may be in the mind: “My view is that Kinesio tape probably has a significant placebo effect,” he.

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Lynch and Walsh described premature fusion of the anterior part of the upper tibial physis in two patients with Osgood-Schlatter disease who were treated nonoperatively, and they recommended screening for this rare complication.

“Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics E-Book” by S. Terry Canale, James H. Beaty
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by S. Terry Canale, James H. Beaty
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Herrington L: The effect of corrective taping of the patella on patella position as defined by MRI, Res Sports Med 14:215–223, 2006.

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Kline LB, Morawetz RB, Swaid SN.Indirect injury of the optic nerve.

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Clarke HD, Schwartz JB, Math KR, Scuderi GR: Anatomic risk of peroneal nerve injury with the “pie crust” technique for valgus release in total knee arthroplasty.

“Insall & Scott Surgery of the Knee E-Book” by W. Norman Scott
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by W. Norman Scott
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Answer to last month’s radiology case and image: subtle Lisfranc injury: low energy midfoot sprain.

“Foot and Ankle Sports Orthopaedics” by Victor Valderrabano, Mark Easley
from Foot and Ankle Sports Orthopaedics
by Victor Valderrabano, Mark Easley
Springer International Publishing, 2017

Acute injuries require a cam walker for up to 6 weeks to allow time for the fracture to consolidate.

“Baxter's The Foot and Ankle in Sport” by David A. Porter, Lew C. Schon
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by David A. Porter, Lew C. Schon
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Calcaneal osteotomies for valgus and varus deformities of the foot in cerebral palsey: a preliminary report on 27 operations.

“McGlamry's Comprehensive Textbook of Foot and Ankle Surgery” by Alan S. Banks
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by Alan S. Banks
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001

Woods GW, Stanley RF, Tullos HS: Lateral capsular sign: x-ray clue to a significant knee instability.

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This could be progressed to a walker and then to axillary crutches by using special Synder sling.

“Essentials Of Orthopaedics & Applied Physiotherapy” by Jayant Joshi
from Essentials Of Orthopaedics & Applied Physiotherapy
by Jayant Joshi
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This represents a 56% decrease in these injuries since 1995, attributed in large part to advocacy campaigns to reduce walker use.

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by Robert E. Rakel
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  • I had some of this stuff for back and shoulder pain and it did nothing for me. However, I have weird shaped feet which cause chronic blisters, and the stuff is magic to treat hot spots and prevent blisters.

  • I taped my shoulder after day 2 it felt like it was on fire when I took off the tape it looked like someone put a red hot iron on my shoulder in several places it took a week of antiseptic cream to clear it up.

  • Nope, I only want black tape. And yes its helps tennis elbow and golfers elbow tremendously! I was skeptic at first when my doctor put tape on it….I literally laughed. I couldn’t believe the difference in lessing the pain. As soon as I took it off, the pain was horrible let again, taped it..
    .so much better. Magic who knows. Does it work hell yes!

  • I’m a runner and my heel has been in lots of pain, my coach recommended Rock tape or kinesio tape. I was wondering how it helps the bodys natural heeling process.

  • hey i seen these on kingdom the other night hey pare these to flex patches and lidicaine worth it? i know the other two are medicated

  • Now I know cleaning the area prior is common sense but for those without this superpower, maybe you should have lead with that!! I will say I thought this stuff was a scam till they used it on my in PT and now I swear by the stuff!!!!

  • Good lord I need this I’ve had this injury for over two weeks, I usually deal with pain pretty well but this morning was the end all

  • 25 here. When I was 21 I was last in line in a 4 car rear end collision. Dislocated my shoulder. Five days ago I dislocated my shoulder again and tore my rotator cuff. KT tape really does help. If your pain level is high like mine, make sure to use a sling and rest that arm.

  • As someone waiting for a rotator cuff surgery date, that has a full tear of the supraspinatus tendon, a full SLAP tear of the labrum and a partial tear of the prominent bursal this has been extremely helpful until my surgery

  • The tape does work my left shoulder is Beyond surgical repair I’ve already had six surgeries on it there’s no good tendon Or ligament left this tape has reduce my pain by 50 percent so don’t tell people it want help.

  • Where can I get this from? I’ve been researching tape support for shoulders as an alternative to slings (which are bulky, restrictive and cumbersome). I damaged my rotator cuff in a fall a couple of years ago, and I also have a condition which makes my joints less stable than most people, and would love to have something which offers support without compromising my mobility.

  • I feel like you need an actual professional to do this…

    My PT used leukotape for my shoulder instability and it felt amazing not how the tape stuck to the skin (that sucked) but how it kept my shoulder at a natural position.

  • Have you all changed the adhesive you’re using since the tape originally came out? I used KT Tape several times a couple of years ago & it was very effective & helped a lot, no problems at all. Just recently bought some again to help with Frozen Shoulder & immediately I started having an allergic reaction. My skin was itching badly under the tape, then blistering. You could feel them through the tape; I thought it was hives. I removed the tape, thinking I felt hives, but they are actually very itchy blisters, all over my shoulder & my skin looks like I’ve been burned. It doesn’t hurt at all, just SUPER itchy, very red & blistery��.

  • They make it look easy lol. I hate when I feel like I put it on correctly and I find it peeling off. And only after 1 day the edges wanna peel off after a shower when most people say they use it for 2-3 3-6 days..

  • Hey Doc,it’s great for supporting any part of yr strained or injured anatomy,support being the operative word.As long as you take instruction on how best to apply to yr particular injury.Not a cure,but again gives great support.

  • Hi, can i use this method for a small tear of my right glenoid labrum or should i use the general shoulder pain taping method? Thanks.

  • Youtuber, Martina of channel “Simon and Martina”, has EDS and she heavily uses kinesiology tape to help prevent accidental injuries which she is very prone to.

  • For you non believers. This WORKS! I USE IT ON MY TENDONITIS AND MY HUSBAND ON HIS KNEE. It works!! My trainer showed me how to use it and my chiropractor loves it too. Don’t knock it before you try it. My massage therapist also is a huge advocate. It lifts the muscles an derives pain.

  • Great video! I bought me some Kinesio tape for my rotator cuff tear (Note that my tear is less than 50% according to my physio). I am actually surprised how it reduced my pain and I am able to do few good workouts. However, the only side effect this tape has is it gets so damn itchy from time to time that you wanna rip your skin apart. Other than that great tape and great method to apply. Again, thank you so much for the video. Cheers from New Zealand!

  • Hi, great videos but hard to follow anatomically. It would be really helpful if you could give accurate anatomical locations for the application sites. I assume the first point of application was anterior to the distal end of the clavicle? Please let me know if thats right. Also where did you fix the back end of the tape, spine of scapula? Thanks

  • I’ve seen another video where tape was applied on knee in approximately 50 degrees flexion. Will it matter if taping is done with knee in 90 degree flexion vs knee in slight flexion?

  • my daughter has done competition cheerleading for years and has experienced multiple injuries. her tumbling coach told her about this tape last year and we used it on her to finish out state. it was amazing. I too thought how could tape help but my daughter made it through state without coming off the mat crying and we still use today. it is not intended to heal the injury. I would recommend to any athlete who is just trying to make it through a season without being taken out and consult a doctor.

  • It’s really interesting and kind of ironic that a pretty convincing meta-analysis of the kind he makes reference to in this video was published about a month after he posted this. This is not to say that he’s completely unwarranted in his skepticism, but I also don’t think anybody here should be basing their entire opinion on kinesiology tape based-off of solely this video.

  • my shoulders are like those that guy have in that video…but when I try to put them straight…it reallly gets my shoulders tired.w.hat can I do?

  • Hello,
    I’m Face Off specialist for my Lacrosse Team, so as far as I play a to with my body strength I’m mostly get shoulder on shoulder with my opponents (playing in Germany). Last week  I had pain while working out on Military Press. My coach said it might be rotator cuffs. So my question aims at if I can work out and practice Lacrosse being taped.
    I’m looking forward for your answer.
    Kind regards.

  • I have been diagnosed with “frozen shoulder” and I have a slight tear in my rotator cuff.  Will this help the pain I am experiencing?

  • The pain is only higher on my tendon. Does this mean i only use tape where the pain is, or should i put tape on two point of my tendon like in the video

  • I just tweaked my shoulder today olympic lifting. I figured I might as well put kt tape on overnight before I get a verdict on what exactly I did to it. Figured it was my deltoid or rotator cuff, felt the shoulder click into and out of the socket, but no dislocation. I found the easiest way to do this application was to apply the larger blue piece starting from the back and then coming over to the front of the shoulder, basically what you did except backwards. Seems to be the same.

  • Love KT tape for this application. Absolutely hate that no one I know understands how to put it on me, or that I actually need another person lol.

  • i wish to give an order for kinesio tape….can u please suggest me hw to approach for it…..can u please tell me d product sizes & cost

  • Within the first 1min u can tell he was going to shit on it. And u kno he’ll never use it cuz he’s not an athlete and he’s too fucking smart

  • This is a temporary fix, do eccentric heel drops for a permanent fix. If you only have a minor injury, it will only take a couple of weeks of eccentrics to fix.

  • Thanks for this. I currently have my ankle in a boot due to an injury and my knee on my opposite leg recently started hurting pretty bad. I didn’t want to have to buy a knee brace and remember I bought KT Tape awhile back to try. I’ve taped my knee and feel a little relief already.

  • Bro you just gave such a thoughtful explanation. I love that you didn’t completely dismiss this product but gave a reasonable argument for both sides. You seem like a very educated person.

  • If any of my friends complain about pain, I just say get it taped. It does nothing but they stop whining, so it’s the ultimate placebo

  • I had tarsal tunnel surgery and Achilles tendinitis they used it on me in physical Therapy and I was shocked that it actually made a difference. My doctor did say you should be careful because you can become dependent on it so I do it a 2 days on then 2 days off. And I use it when I do a lot of walking for example if I go to Disneyland. I think you need to know what muscle you injured and how to tape it.

  • Hi Brian, thank you for the great video. Are you able to let me know why do so many professional athletes use Kinesiotape? Is it being advised by the team’s physiotherapist or chiropractor?

  • I have had foot pain for 2 years. Recently I have gotten a great physiotherapist who has been giving me mental therapy. Yesterday he placed some tape on my ankle and I thought it would be bullshit and not help, so the placebo affect would not be a factor for me. But the next day I definitely had far less pain.

  • i dont use kinesio tape to heal but to provide temporary support while playing sport or doing other stuff. For me it makes the injured area more comfortable in certain positions.

  • Iv been using kt tape for 10 years since my physical therapist used it on me following a knee injury. I honestly dont know if it’s legit, but it atleast improves my mindset. Having it on may just trick the brain into thinking your getting benefits just like muscle rub does. For that reason ill continue to always use it.

  • I’ve never seen it used as a cure-all. I’ve only ever seen it as something that gives you temporary relief similar to a brace for a workout

  • This was a great instructional video, and I appreciate it. However… It might be a good idea to tell everyone the, “Before you apply the tape” part, BEFORE YOU APPLY THE TAPE! LOL! That would have been a great thing to know before following your instructions right away. I had pain relief cream on my arm and had to waist the tape I had already put on to wash my arm off and redo it. Other than that, the video was a huge help. ��♥️☮️

  • When I saw that this was being reviewed by an MD I was immediately distrustful. Based on experience.

    Regarding the pyramid they left out the most important medical factor ( to them) of all the part where they make obscene amounts of money

  • there are a lot of studies on the use of tape for neuro disorders. My physical therapist recommended it for my daughter with cp and it is working a little to help her stay aware of her body and to help her use her muscles more efficiently. there are ton of videos on youtube were before and after videos of people/children using the tape and there is a big difference n walking and posture in children. i think you should look into that.

  • As a total cure, no. But, I have an issue with ligaments in my ankles and knees. Several years ago, I had a partial subluxation of my right knee. I had been wearing a brace, using anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. I had seen KT tape. I decided to try it. I discovered that it gave me as much support as the brace but, more range of motion. I could also wear it 24hrs instead of on and off. More importantly, it was comfortable. I still used anti-inflammatories and did therapy but, now it was far less painful. After 8 weeks or so, I discovered that I had stopped putting it on regularly and after 12 wks, I wasn’t putting it at all. I haven’t put it on since. Because it was comfortable and gave my support, I believe that for the first time, I actually allowed my injury to completely heal.

    With my ankles, I have had the ligaments surgically repaired, strapped and casted since I was 11yrs old. I’m 56. I am a walker. My ankles are weak and will always be. When they start ti hurt, I use the tape for a week, give them time to strengthen and go on with life. If I’m going to be hiking, mowing the lawn or walking on uneven roads or ground, I put it on to us as a support or “additional” ligaments. If I forget, as I did this week…I spend a couple weeks wearing my oh so flashy mat black tape.

    They were out of my usual nude color. So much for the “flashy color” theory, lol. ��

  • Can someone suffering from Achilles Tendonitis recover completely…I have been resting since the past 7 to 8 months still not recovered.

  • For functional taping to work, you must have correct diagnosis and good taping technique. You can say the same about any medical procedures.

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  • I don’t see why it wouldn’t work, because like any tape, it restricts ROM but still has some give so you can move. So there’s bracing but less restrictive. If you use something like KT Tape for carpal tunnel you will find 100% your ROM is limited like in a brace, and there’s not stretch on the tape for that application, you just lay it down. Like I said, it’s just like bracing with tape except the tape has some give so you retain limited ROM. Anyone in sports med knows that it’s important for quick recovery in many cases to continue to exercise the injured muscle or connective tissue and kinetic tape allows just that, but more protective. In my opinion, it really does the trick for those more minor, irritating, inflammatory pains that get worse as the day goes by, like tendonitis, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, etc. I wouldn’t use it for something like back pain where motion is limited anyway, and it pulls on my hair in an irritating way.

  • Never heard it could improve muscle strength. ��
    I use it when my feet needs extra stabilisation. It creates a better fixation than wrapping them with a soft bandage.
    Also used it on a muscle on my arm once when I was swordfighting for a role i the theatre and I tired my muscle out. Then the tape did so I couldn’t use that particurlar muscle because of the way it was placed. That was a weird feeling.
    Of course if I gave it my all I could use it but then it would hurt like hell again and the tape almost came of.

  • I had a torn acl that made bending my knee terribly painful. I got a second opinion while waiting for a surgery date and the second doc ordered PT, where the therapist used this tape to keep my meniscus in place, which allowed me to do exercises to strengthen the supporting muscles without pain. It worked like a charm…never needed surgery, that was 15 years ago…

  • I have EDS, and KT, dynamic tape, leuko tape, and athletic tape all have different purposes, but ALL are beneficial to me. Some applications even support swelling and lymphatic drainage from my fat and subcutaneous tissues. I do not have much autonomic postural support, and it definitely cuts down on my dislocations and subluxations. KT tape is a helpful reminder to actively engage the muscles you all get to use as easily as you breath and stand with 24/7….more supportive tapes like dynamic and strapping tape help give me the extra stability and some support that you all get from your connective tissue all the time, that comes from places like your interstitium, tendons, and ligaments.

    I think they may be less effective for people who don’t have awareness of their autonomic nervous system or a lifetime of dysfunctions with it. Even with my accute body awareness though, they are all only as good as their application, which is more of an art form than a science. Also, they are still only a postural training and support tool, not a replacement or cure for anything. I have to be careful with my skin, as I can have allergic level spontaneous reactions from adhesives in general and improper application causes traction blisters and irritation. much more easily than in other people. Even with those issues, they are a helpful tool for me, and think they can especially work if you have a physical therapist or trainer help develop a proper regimen for you to follow when you apply.

  • It works really well for my sciatic nerve pain and thoracic outlet syndrome, also had a quad tear i used it for. I find if I use it for a few months when things are out of wack I usually can go a long time without using it, supports my muscles and gives them time to “calm down” I feel. If I didnt discover this farming would be alot more difficult, honestly I probably couldn’t do it.

  • As a professional massage therapist, I have to say, kinesiology tape has helped many of my clients, as it provides nice support for many injuries and it is stabilizing, while still providing free ROM (range of motion)
    It helps with the inflammatory response and supports the linfatic system.
    Of course you need to know how to apply the tape correctly, so it does not wrinkle up and stick together like in your presentation. Overall it might not be a miracle cure, but in cambination with other healing techniques it’s a wonderful alternative for not using pharmaceutical drugs.

  • Although its not super impactful, taping of any kind helps stability in the moment. So for using tap while exercising i would say is better than after.

  • Kinesio tape is magic!! Have used it on different areas of my own body….and worked better than any other pain method…..used it on my patients in my clinic, very very helpful for pain and healing of different kinds of injuries!! Love it so much!!

  • Are you still able to point the foot with this. I am a ballet dancer and wanting to tape my achilles since it can have pain, but I still need to be able to point my foot.

  • I think the only thing this tape can do, other than be an effective placebo, is provide relief in the same way an ace bandage, brace, or compression wrap will do, only it does it in it’s own way. I’ve seen taping done for wrist support, and it looks no different from wrist bands or wrist compression wraps. I’ve seen thumb basal tapings, and they look essentially the same as a thumb splint, maybe with the only added benefit being some compression around the joint. I could see this being used to help keep a joint in place, say if you have muscle issues where a joint is always minorly dislocated, where you have to constantly pop that joint for relief. Hell, with a piece of tape large enough, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone has tried it for better posture, as you couldn’t have bad posture if the tape is physically restraining you to be in good posture.
    It has it’s uses, just as compression wraps, braces, splints, and bandages have their usages.
    I’m also almost surprised they haven’t put any of that material heated gloves use into the tape. You would think adding a bit of warmth would boost the product’s usefulness, both in actual use and placebo.

    I think most athletes are actually using this stuff as an alternative to braces, bandages, splits, and wraps. Look at how a knee is taped, for example, it does the same job as a brace would do, as a brace is less bulky than a bandage/wrap, but a taping is much less bulky than a brace, fairly easy to apply, and since the tape is thin, it works under any clothes. Same goes for any other application. Wrists for example, you could have a bulky bandage/wrap, a less bulky brace, an even less bulky compression band, or you could have a thin layer of tape that conforms and stretches with the skin; essentially acting as a bandaid as to how a gauze pad and paper tape acts. It’s an alternative that’s clearly performance oriented, and as stated earlier, could provide hybrid uses as it could hold a joint in position while also allowing for compression depending on application, while still being far less bulky than alternatives.

    Though I’d like to see how breathable this stuff is. That’s my one issue with most products, breathability. My skin gets extremely irritated under bandages and wraps, especially if it’s hot, and even worse when I sweat. If a product like this is breathable, and possibly even sweat-wicking, then I’d definitely use it in place of a wrap or bandage. I don’t own braces or splints, as my personal needs don’t require them, I don’t have injuries and strains often, so typically a quick wrap with an ace bandage, with some compression, will do what I need it to do; though bandages do have quite a bit of bulk and can be tedious to put on by myself, which is also why a tape seems like a better product, as it would be quicker and easier to use, with less bulk.

  • I use it when I ski and rock climb to reduce pain after an injury like tennis elbow or knee pain. It does help, personally like it better than braces and sleeves.

  • I would like it if KT Tape would put images of the anatomical body showing which muscles/areas it’s assisting. Love learning this kind of stuff!

  • I don’t think that it helps anything heal, but it helps you while you have it on it. My tendonitis just goes away about 90% when I put it on.

  • This stuff is crazy I tried all sorts of supports and I had this in my drawer for years it was given to me as a sample at a running show and thought ‘meh I’ll give it a go’ two days later I’ve had more progress using this tape than 3 weeks of trying anything else, I just thought it added support didn’t realise it potentially did anything else.

  • How is it as extra support, for example back posture, or keep an hand joint pulled in one direction, for example from the knuckles to the elbow, will it stabilise my hand in that direction?

  • I have hypermobile ehlers-danlos syndrome and I use KT tape because it helps me support my joints when they are weak or overstretched or subluxed. I find that it helps but I imagine the feedback of having that tape there helps my body to pay more care to that spot. Overall, I see it the same as those fabric ankle or knee wraps, but slightly less effective. The benefit is simply that I can place it everywhere.

  • Might just be anecdotal to others out there but I’m a big skeptic on this and I just tried it for the 1st time this week. I taped my neck and one of my shoulders. I wake up with nerve pain everyday in both arms. today when I woke up I only had nerve pain in the arm that was not taped at the shoulder. I think i will continue to use this periodically

  • Idc what anybody says that kt tape ant the best option but for right now it is working just fine and I like it so far. People can say it doesn’t clinically help cure your pain forever but what some people are trying to say is that it’s a way for the pain to go away for a while. I’m still going to use it and it works perfectly fine. Btw I don’t think kt tape said it’s supposed to be “ the cure” the way I see it is that instead of taking pain meds all of the time you can have a TEMPORARY pain reliever by using the tape.

  • The tape works in a similar way as a medical brace. Not a cure. A stabilizer. My husband got a bad concussuon with neck spine/spine shoulder. He goes to physio for the getting strength and ROM and pain. So he has no stability in his shoulder and his uper spine/neck had bulging from the blow and whiplash.Physio helps build up that strength and ROM again but uses tape inbetween because it helps decreases pain. Pain is the biggest set back for him. Tape works. I used it for a ankle injury after my cast was off. Help stabilize my ligaments. But with intense physio and rebuilding the strength and ROM of my ankle bones and ligament amd muscles. I’m at 90% now. Tape helps. Not a cure but helps stabilize. There are studies undergoing right now. It’s still newer.

  • so i recently had surgery and got that cool little plate in my wrist with i think 6 or 8 pins.. but any way.. i am currently having issues with the way everything got re arranged and some simple movement cause the nerves to get pinched and my hand and arm with go numb or shoot but i g pain up my arm and when i wear this stuff and do thing it doesn’t seem to happen. i say it’s cuz the tiny bit of extra support but who knows.

  • I get shin splints a lot as a dancer, and taping my shins helps a lot with the swelling and pain that comes with the condition. My doctor actually recommended I do it before physiotherapy. Obviously it doesn’t cure my shin splints, but it definitely helps with supporting it while I’m dancing

  • My aunt has a chronic disease that often causes her muscle pain with the slightest effort. The tape usually helps alot. It’s reduced the pain by up to 85% in some cases. It won’t heal an injury that requires medical attention and therapies of course but for the 3-5 days that it takes for the pain to go away including stretching, massages, ice and muscle relaxants, the tape provides a major relief until the pain passes. And the relief is immediate.

  • Did you get your MD in the Caribbean for $50,000 a year? As mentioned NO ONE has claimed it to be a panacea. But it does provide support and feedback, among other things, if applied correctly.

  • If you are experiencing pain when doing a certain movement, it can be used as an inhibtor for a movement therefore, less pain. It can also be used to facilitate a movement. For example: If you want to increase the strength of your wrist when shooting a basketball, you apply it on your wrist flexors.

  • I have extra muscles in my arms that would crush my ulnar nerves. Even after getting surgery my elbow still clicks and the muscles still hurt my nerves. I use the tape on my arms to support my elbow muscles and for the first time I was able to play my instrument longer than 5 minutes at a time without my arm giving out or locking up

  • Took a shower to clean the surface, put it on then 5 min after it started to peel off.  Cant tell you if it works or not cause it wont stay on. I’ll stick to ice and ibuprofen

  • When I went for orthotics, the podiatrist told me to use tape for my plantar fasciitis. It really does help with that pain, especially when my orthotics aren’t available (they don’t fit in my winter boots). I haven’t found that it helps long-term for my arms though (I have pinched nerves in my upper body that cause tendinitis and related pain).

  • I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis for over 20 years and am on all sorts of drugs to help with the symptoms including opiates for pain relief. I find using kinesiology taping useful for areas of my body where the inflammation feels overwhelming, my ankles, hands, elbows, back of neck. Its part of my arsenal of options to assist with pain and inflammation and no, it won’t cure the condition but then neither do my expensive state of the art rheumatology medications either. As long as taping is part of the solution rather than being seen as the solution, it’s a useful tool and one which allows me greater movement, to continue using the joints which are so painful, and like you say in your report, its not doing any harm. I’m happy to continue using it.

  • I’m bummed this thing is a gimmick. There is no medical research to support that it works, and of course putting tape on the top layer = skin, wouldn’t logically make sense. Wish I had not looked up research documentation, could have still used the stupid placebo…

  • KT tape supports the muscle and joint by providing tension when the muscle or joint is moved. It’s a full replacement for a brace. Using it allows the injury to heal because you aren’t using it as much.

  • Does this help with knee dislocations? I have them often and I can’t find my actual brace and I was wondering if this would help it stay in place and it would be convenient having it under my clothes so no one can see it

  • Honestly; after using it, it actually acts like a guard (e.g. wrist gyard, ankle guard, elbow guard, etc.). It aids in securing injured muscles, tissues, etc.

  • I definitely believe there are great benefits to KT tape in terms of relief short term, especially now during covid where many appointments are cancelled such a physio. For myself as a massage therapist who cannot work have recommended tape to clients until they can return to their regular treatments. Having used it myself in the past and the regular feedback from clients who use it, I think extra support keeps some of them from reaching for strong pain killers because they feel the tape is enough. I would much rather recommend tape to people before they go down the route of strong opioid medicine (although of course there are many individuals who do need that type of pain killer). So if this tape provides reassurance, gives people an extra option before resorting to strong medication with side effects, and most importantly relief even if it is temporary, I will recommend it.

  • Idk if anyone would reply but I have serious question and it looks like the comments know what’s happening. I’m in a marching band, my legs and feet always get stiff after a show and leave me in pain. I just want to know if this can help me and how I could use it to make my last year easier for me and pass this info onto my underclassmen..

  • Does this help with knees that pop and get swollen (I had a pulled ligament when I was younger but I never knew why it still affects me now)?

  • So I tape up my shoulder after having a bike crash which snapped the AC ligament over 10 years ago. I don’t use tape every day or every week or even every month. But I do use it when I go cycling or for long all day hikes. After advice from my Physiotherapist I was told not to have the AC operated on as the failure rate is quite high and as she has seen quite a few with the same injury with racers at the local race track doing the same thing. Her advice was to increase muscle strength and put the operation off as long as possible as I do have a job which needs some physical effort and a loss in the range of motion the operation would give could hinder my bike riding on the track.

    So the tape.. Its used instead of pain relief or as support for all day walks and long mountain bike rides. I don’t use it when I am on the motorcycle as my leathers do a good job of keeping everything in place. I find using the tape helps support the joint when walking all day because over time the weight of your arm and your shoulder muscles cannot hold the joint closed and the shoulder droops so I get pain. On the Mountain bike the constant impact through the bars and the physical effort needed all day also makes the muscles tired and pain starts to return. I go to the gym to keep my shoulder strength up as much as possible but its not to build muscle but to increase stamina. The tape is the best thing I have used to keep me from using pain killers. I feel if you have issues like this the pain is important so numbing it with pain killers could hide the signs where I could do more damage to myself and the pain is my personal limiter. The tape does increase motion and it does stop the pain but it is just supplementing what my body is doing when it is fresh and imitating that as my muscles become tired at the end of the day. It also helps if I do over stretch or over work specific muscles and currently I have aggravated the rotator cuff in that injured shoulder so it delays the pain onset later in the day. Will it help my performance? No.. It is a good pain preventative? YES. I am not an athlete or competitive sports person now. Did I look at any of the hype? No. It was a suggestion and I knew very well it may or may not work if it is not applied correctly.
    Would I recommend it? Oh hell yes.

  • I run alot and sometimes i overdo it. I tried it in my knee, it does help a little. It gives some support and takes some pressure off when i walk on steps.
    It is definitely not magic tape, but it is useful

  • I am very impressed with this video. It makes me think a little deeper in regards to having my shoulder go through a 2nd surgery to open up this area. Two thumbs up!!

  • Thanks I have a right trigger thumb! I just put regular tape on my thumb and hand �� and it helps to keep it from moving in different positions too. It still hurts but not as much! I might need to get that tape too! Thanks again! Have a good day! ��⛪⛪������������������

  • You use the word “believe” frequently in this video
    Which means you do not “know”. Ie have certainty
    You discount a tool without any experience using it personally or professionally
    What does medicine have to offer that’s a better alternative to the tape?
    Zero
    Except meds and the accompanying side effects
    You might check who funds the studies you refer to.
    Even those that are peer reviewed
    Do consider watching” Death by Medicine “
    By Gary Null

    “Experience is the only true knowledge “
    Albert Einstein

  • Sometimes the ‘harmful’ aspect of the item is how expensive it is. People invest in this a lot, like they do with a lot of other unproven remedies sometimes into the thousands of dollars or more. I can say that I’ve used it, and it definitely didn’t help my pain in any way. Perhaps cus I was skeptical from the beginning, but still. And it was EXPENSIVE. Never again.

  • You may want to visit our “ask an expert” forum on our website. We have several clinicians to help you get the right application.

  • I’ve used it to help keep in my scapula due to scapular winging from nerve damage and that definitely helps keep things in place but I cannot say that it really helps with pain or swelling

  • This application helped me get through a softball game the other day. I jammed my knee while stopping abruptly catching a fly ball. When running back towards the bench, the pain in my knee was enough to make me wince in pain. I thought I was going to have to drop out of the game. I had some KT tape in my bag because I was nursing a mild ankle sprain.

    I taped up my knee exactly like it is described here. Although my knee was pretty sore the next day, I was able to finish the game with little to no discomfort at all. I honestly couldn’t believe it.

  • yes I am 13 years old and I have played soccer since I was 6 and my right knee is always hurting and this helps soo much kt tape has truly saved me thank u so much for this tutorial

  • I use this tape to help limit my motion in my shoulder. In and of itself its not a cure for anything but it helps keep me from continuing to strain those muscles which then leads to faster healing. I do find it helps with pain. I work manual labor and without it i just jeep straining the same muscles over and over again till it becomes a real problem

  • Does anyone have experience with wearing a single wrap for 4-6 days? I have a backpacking trip I need to tape up for and I’m wondering if I should pack an extra set of strips to retape mid-trip.

  • trying to find the perfect tutorial online. Saved this to favourites strictly because the patient had the same first name as myself:) turned out to be a pretty great tutorial and something I’ve set as my go to video/channel for more help.

  • I just want this because it looks cool and fun to do during the quarantine. Learning new ways to support my knee. I like this. Anything for Heel?

  • The stretch rate is pretty much between ears, but taping like this and doing physio therapy, avoiding sprains and injuries, eating healthy, remaining active, exersicing regularly, using knee brace, protective sleeve, good shoes and checking up with the doctor regularly, it might offer some extra needed support.

  • Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wish you and your family always healthy and happy. Osteoarthritis is a male issue of many merits.

  • Thank you for this! I have Hoffa’s and every time I walk too much or run for like 15 minutes it ends up hurting like hell, but this knee support with a little variation have been helping me a lot to cope with the pain

  • Is this good for jeans? I have to tape both my knees but I wear skinny jeans all the time! Or is there a different type I can use? Every time I wear it by the end of the day the tape is coming of!

  • I had really bad foot pain for a day, could barely put weight on. Decided to give kt a try to help relieve pain, and it’s helped so much! Of course it’s not a cure, but it helps out quite a lot.

  • …………..

    The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles. Posteriorly, There are supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and teres minor. Anteriorly, There is subscapularis. They all originate from scapula and insert into proximal humerus.

    The rotator cuff is important to stabilize your shoulders. Because, If you shrug and pull up or bench, you can hurt your elbows and shoulders.

    Rotator cuff practice helps your scapula stay down so that you can avoid many risk of injuries.

    It is common to see elite athletes practicing rotator cuff and hip flexor to increase efficiency of performance and reduce risk of injuries.

  • I absolutely love kt tape but I don’t have any luck with the tape staying on during my bike rides. I have researched absolutely everything about the proper steps to take before, during, and after applying the tape. Legs are shaved and everything. I WISH it would stay.

  • This amazing knee problem medication “Yοyοkοn Vxy” (Google it) made me adore this unique remedy. I currently have awful knees that have frequent discomfort and also soreness. This amazing method, together with a healthy diet, has allowed me to to eliminate this specific hindrance. I could now get right back with Zumba and also do plenty of activity. This particular guide has absolutely improved my knee problem!.

  • I love this particular knee discomfort guide “Yοyοkοn Vxy” (Google it). I have awful knees that have frequent discomfort and also inflammation. This extraordinary alternative, along with a good diet, has allowed me to to overcome this specific obstacle. I could now return to Zumba and accomplish lots of exercise. Inevitably, the overall performance of my knee has completely improved a lot..

  • Been having knee problems for a while now but I used this technique for my 4 mile race today and it worked great! Thanks for the good instructions.

  • chief,if you gonna give instructions of what to do before putting the tape on,maybe you should say it before giving the instructions on how to put the tape on!!!!

  • I really like that she put the tape on herself instead of having a PT do it. That was helpful to show how to do it myself. Thanks!

  • I love the information on your videos, as I visit my physical therapists they do the tape wrong. They tend to take the backing off the tape before placing it and the tape falls off within an hour or so after applying. So I’ve learned to do the tape myself. Thank you

  • Where should the first 2 pieces go exactly? Should the top border of the tape come just below the kneecap, or should the tape be positioned to overlap the kneecap?

  • After taping before playing for the last 6 months, I’m very tempted to shave my leg in those areas. That slow peal is something else.

  • I would like to hear you address this in respect to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome as we have high joint instability with chronic subluxation and dislocation. We aren’t looking to the tape to cure us but add a layer of reinforcement.

    The only problem I have is that it peels my skin off with it. So I need a week between applications.

  • Thanks for this video… used it to tape up my son’s jumpers knee before his football game last night and he said it helped a lot and was much better than having a brace on. It help up (using the Pro tape) through the game, and peeled off easily afterwards b/c he was so sweaty.

  • I have rotator cuff tendinitis, and was looking into this taping. is this the best way to tape it? I saw some other videos that used a y-strip instead.

  • I wish you’d done more to note where to cross the pieces. After three weeks of using it for my injury I only just now noticed that hers cross above the first pieces, forming a triangle, whereas I’ve been crossing them much lower such that most of the first pieces show in the middle.

  • Is it possible to tape an area between the hamstring and the gluteus? If so, would it be more towards the gluteus or the hamstring? I am experiencing pain in what I feel is around the long head of the hamstring muscle, but not necessarily the gluteus. Any insight would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  • I swear by this tape, I need knee surgery but can’t have it yet, this tape is the difference in walking some days and sitting. I used it on my husband’s rotator cuff he swears by it too. you have to do it right but it’s like adding a layer of support muscle to an injured area. love it!

  • I got into a severe car accident and ended up with a broken rib & Collar bone subluxation which caused rotator cuff irritation.  I was seeing a chiropractor in Nashville who specializes in assisting athletes maximize their abilities & performance & I was also seeing an Sports Orthopedic Dr who said there was really nothing he could do about the rib but prescribe anti-inflammatories and pain meds and wait for it to heal & for the rotator cuff he could inject a steroid to help it.  So I would go to my chiropractor who actually had a significant hand in my quick healing.  I would get a steroid shot from my Ortho Dr then go directly to my chiropractor for kinesio taping of my rib & rotator cuff.  I was amazed at the support that I felt & how much the paid had reduced.  I was able to stop taking the pain pills within days of starting the taping for my rib & only had to have one 2 steroid injections in a 6 mth period followed by the taping.  At first I was really skeptical.  Right, like a little piece of stretchy tape could really help!  I was pleasantly surprised when it did, though, as I’m sure anybody would be.  I think my Orthopedic Dr probably thought the same way but as he documented my healing process through mri, ultrasound & xrays I’m sure he became a believer.  It was funny because near the end of my care before he released me he told me to followup my visit there with my chiropractor.  If you’re having any issues, ANYTHING, it’s definitely worth trying before surgery.  This originated from Japanese medicine.  So if you think since the tape is on your skin and it’s not helping your muscles think a little deeper and consider how massage therapy works.  That is on the surface of your skin.  Or even how a cast supplies support to bone structure to realign.  Just a thought.  It really does work and I love it because I don’t have to use as much if any meds because of it.:)

  • I’m a dancer so I’m really flexible, should I just do what she is doing in the video to stretch my hamstring or should I do a more intense stretch until I feel a stretch?

  • I don’t have pain but have a tightness that I believe will turn into pain if I don’t sort it out. I don’t know the name of the injury, but the tightness is located here…
    If you stand in front of someone looking at their kneecap. Now walk directly behind that person but keep your eyes at the same height. That’s where the tightness is at the back of the knee (not at the back of the kneecap in the middle of the leg  but right at the back) where the crease is. Where can I find your video for KT application for that area?

  • hey i tore my lateral hamstring tendon along with my bicep femoris, what do u suggest i do? i have been icing it and taking medication for swelling. i havent been stretching it a lot because of pain do u recommend i keep stretching little by little?

  • You use it during your activity. The tape is designed to help you stay active while you heal from an injury rather than having you just sit out.

  • There seems to be a lot of confusion out there about what qualifies a product, practice, or belief as pseudoscience. Dr. Sutterer here is choosing a very diplomatic tone by not condemning taping due to the lack of evidence, but one must also understand that a lack of evidence does not equate to an endorsement. The only evidence being provided in these comments are in the form of anecdotes. Now, many here who have provided their personal recovery stories have probably had strangers on the internet label their stories as anecdotes and are confused as to how that could be a criticism of their inspiring story that supports the efficacy of taping. The problem lies in control. Scientific evidence relies on controlled, randomized, double-blind testing in order to discern the actual effects of something apart from possible confounding variables such as the placebo effect. It seems that a lot of people here believe it is unjust to discount their experience(s) with taping simply because it wasn’t tabulated in a controlled testing environment; it’s nothing personal. If we were to admit anecdotal evidence as data points in any scientific study then it would result in almost every nonsensical practice being proven as effective. In short, you could make up something, like putting a penny on your forehead for five minutes a day will make you more focused, and find thousands of people who would testify to the efficacy of the practice. Does that mean I don’t believe any of the stories here? Quite the contrary, I believe everyone here experienced relief of some kind, but the question lies in why they experienced that relief. Hopefully one day consumer protection laws will be extensive enough to require manufacturers to back up their claims with data garnered from controlled studies rather than the consensus of the masses. Remember, most people used to think blood-letting with leaches was a viable form of treatment for fever.

  • KT Tape does not work. No science support it. Look it up:-)
    1. Parreira, Patrícia do Carmo Silva, Lucíola da Cunha Menezes Costa, Luiz Carlos Hespanhol Jr, Alexandre Dias Lopes, and Leonardo Oliveira Pena Costa. 2014. “Current Evidence Does Not Support the Use of Kinesio Taping in Clinical Practice: A Systematic Review.” Journal of Physiotherapy 60 (1): 31–39.

    2. Williams, Sean, Chris Whatman, Patria A. Hume, and Kelly Sheerin. 2012. “Kinesio Taping in Treatment and Prevention of Sports Injuries: A Meta-Analysis of the Evidence for Its Effectiveness.” Sports Medicine 42 (2): 153–64.

  • I see taping as a slightly more comfortable version of wrapping with a flexible bandage. Weaker support than an ace bandage sure, but better than nothing for when an ace bandage isn’t practical or comfortable. I can take a sore foot/ ankle, put my shoes on and go to work. Not so much with a bulky bandage. Is it a cure all, no. Of course not, but it does give some support, and even. Little is better than nothing when you are limping around just trying to get through the day.

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  • I would start with this newer one. You can also search our “ask an expert” forum on our website that features customized applications created by PTs and other Drs.

  • So there’s a difference between this video and the original that specifically mentions hamstring tendons. If I have hamstring tendonitis, should I still go with this video, or the original? Thanks!

  • Ive slightly dislocated my shoulder 2 times while pitching in baseball, would this help in supporting my shoulder during pitching?

  • How soon after a dislocation can/ should you start taping like this? My wife just dislocated her shoulder for the 5th time 4 days ago. She is currently in a gunslinger sling. Just wondering if adding the tape or replacing the sling with the tape will aid in or speed up her recovery?

  • I’ve had really bad achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis for about 2 years now, this provides a temporary relief good for at night but not amazing, still helpful tho

  • I have two rolls of KT Tape, and on neither of them does the paper backing crack open like in the video. It’s very difficult to peel the tape off the paper.

  • The idea behind the taping is to help provide support, or in other words take some of the load off of the tendon to help recovery. That is what the first strip is for. Then you can use the last two strips near where it hurts. Those second strips also keep the first strip in place.

  • Literally the best tape ever!!! This is the only tape that helped me during my gymmastics competition! Kt tape really works:)luv it

  • Not certain about the points made but,if anyone else wants to discover treatment for plantar fasciitis try Nevolly Pain Treater Nerd ( search on google )? Ive heard some decent things about it and my work buddy got excellent results with it.

  • Would you use the same tape technique with just a strained Achilles? I strained my Achilles and it hurts but it is not tendonitis.

  • Good demonstration, but you might want to consider watching the application next time; she had the anchor point of the distal strip of tape bunched… not the most professional application.

  • This stuff works like magic. Spend the extra few bucks for the name brand; house brands are functional but they don’t last as long, and they aren’t quite as good.

  • Where is the empirical proof this stuff works? I have some minor Achilles stiffness in my left but had Achilles surgery in my right recently. K-Tape didn’t do anything I have noticed that would relieve or help stiffness. This seems a Placebo at best.

  • KT Tape has been a blessing for my hamstring! However, my strain on my hamstring begins right below my buttocks area. This taping method has helped me out, but any recommendations on another taping method for that certain area? I guess you can say my strain is right where my hamstring begins. Also, i’ve wasted precious tape trying to tape with no assistance, any advice on trying to tape alone? Thanks again!

  • This was so so so helpful. Thank you! I also appreciate that you advised seeking medical advice if you’re still really hurting. Great eduction, solid advice. Thanks and good job!

  • Great video!
    The fact that it alters the way the brain processes the pain from said area is not something you want. The pain is the body telling you to stop and rest, by continuing to strain the damaged structures is only going to make it worse.
    As for waterproof that’s total bs, the tape comes right off when exposed to water or sweating

  • I have a slight tear in my achilles tendon in the back of the heel is causing a lot of inflammation pain burning with this tape help me?

  • i have torn yet repaired achilles bilaterally. i am still active in sports that require ankle stability. so could I tape for achilles tendonitis and ankle stability? Is there a hybrid between the two.

  • It doesn’t heal you, but it really helps with pain in terms of joint conditions. I have deformities and it calms my joints. I use it around my elbows to make them understand that they shouldn’t pop out. On my knee, it helps prevent subluxation from happening. I overstress my tendons due to simply moving. My physical therapist has used this on me and it really helps. As someone who is permanently damaged and can no longer be fixed (exact words of a top surgeon) I definitely recommend it. It does help distract you from pain. With my joints it literally calms them down. My elbows used to be able to bend backwards and after surgery they’re back to as normal as I can get but they still keep trying to bend out and the tape seems to tell my elbows to stop. I wear braces daily to live. When those are dirty and I can’t wear them, I use tape as a backup. I don’t believe it increases blood flow but I do believe it stretches the skin and acts as a support. It doesn’t cure you but it can help you feel good.

  • Can I use this tapping method while running? I have been taping my ankle and achilles tendons with my kt tape while running, but not with this method.

  • hey! I was wondering, and this may be a stupid question but is this waterproof? meaning if I take a shower will it still be ok, or should I add another strip after the shower? thank u!

  • Hello, thank you for great video. I am observing issue with my Achilles tendon and would like to try this procedure. I need to buy this tape, what kind of tape do you use in this video? Is it cotton or pro? Thank you for your help.

  • Id like to throw in my 2 cents real quick. Ive been starting to deal with the achilles tendonitis thing for only a couple of weeks, not knowing that was what I had. I work as a steel worker and its just a lot of up and down ladders and carrying heavy objects. In trying to find a solution to my pain I came across this video. I dont have any KT Tape, (yet) but because of my job I have a bunch of electrical tape. I fallowed the same instructions and the pain just went away. I never thought it would be so immediate! As a quick solution my electrical tape saves me until payday, when im actually going to buy some of this tape. Thanks!

  • I had never known of what this was supposed to do til my sister in law taped my shoulder for some pinched nerve issues. I kept it on for a few days and it was amazing at aleviating pain (i drive for work and good bit, so shoulder/neck pain is awful). I was so amazed that it did anything. I don’t know if my SIL supports that it effects blood flow or lymph, but she does have a doctorate in PT with a specialty in shoulder upper body. The tape helped my pain, and the PT I was later able to do helped heal my problem (PT seemed kind of magical to me too at how quickly my symptoms improved). I currently have a bulging disc and would love if this tape could help that. I am typing this while in a McKenzie position to help my back.

  • Be careful if you tape the bottom of the foot if you are planing on running or hiking. The tape pulls back and your toes want to pull the muscles in the opposite direction. Can feel like you tearing something. Maybe trying minimal tension could help…

  • I have been using KT tape for my achilles tendonitis but with a different cut method. (where you cut the tape in half up top and the two sides go up each side of the calf muscle in a V pattern.) I’m extremely impressed with the results so far. It almost eliminates my pain entirely when I play basketball. This works even better than my achilles compression brace (which I don’t think reaches quite low enough to where my pain resides). I will be trying out this new application method on my next taping since it seems to use less tape than the other method.

  • Ive had achilles tendonitis for the last 6 months due to a pretty strenuous running schedule. After long run days I could hardly walk down my stairs in the morning. I ran a 12K yesterday with KT tape for the first time and this morning there is very minimal pain. Its not a cure by any means, but it helped tremendously. I’m very pleased with this stuff. I’m definitely going to keep using it, because my assumption is that it will help make that tendon stronger over time and the pain will continue to decrease.

  • Why would you dorsiflex your foot and tape in an elongated position.  The objective of the tape is to reduce the amount of stretch and workload the Achilles does at impact.  And the only way taping increases circulation is if it holds in body heat there’s nothing magical in the tape itself, unless it’s coated similar to a back plaster.

  • I don’t get any pain while walking or running without any shoes. I only get pain when I wear shoes or football boots (I play a high standard of football) and do a lot of running. Anyone know why?

  • As a guy with hairy legs I practically have to shave my whole leg to do this. How odd would it look just shaving that area after I take off the tape 0_o

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  • Is there any description of the theory behind this application? I’d really like to know the reasons for the different stretch levels, or for the dorsiflexion during the first application (seems like this is what you want to prevent).

  • in India we rub 3part Haldi (turmeric) Power mixed with one part water (or elephant saliva) onto the affected area. It does nothing.

  • Tore my rotator cuff about 2 months ago.. I’m 26 so I expected it to just heal on its own if I take it easy on it in the gym but that’s not the case.. bought this tape tonight, the pro version. Hoping it helps!

  • Do I want to point my toes down or up when applying the first piece of tape from the heel to the back of the calf? I always thought it was best to point them down, bit in the video is says up.

  • I think I might have to try this, I suffered a grade 2 sprain of my ankle and I think I damaged my Achilles in the process. I can still play basketball, by my heel has a lingering pain associated with it. Thank you for the help.

  • I’m no doctor, however I was advised not to use anti inflammatory medication. I had a grade two tear of my achillies tendon right where it meats the soleus muscle in the calf. Personally I would seek a very well known sonographor and an orthopaedic doctor to help in recovery. Once the orthopaedic surgeon has given you the all clear that is the recommended time to start rehabilitation.