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Removing Your Kinesio Tex Tape


Removing Kinesio Tape can seem pretty daunting. The whole point is for it to stay on, so what do you do when it’s time to remove it? Fear not friends, we have the answers here.

DON’T TAKE IT OFF TOO FAST! It’s not a Band-Aid.

1. Put some baby oil or cooking oil on the tape and let it soak for a few minutes to break down the adhesive.
2. Remove the tape in the direction of hair growth by slowly rolling down the tape and applying pressure on the skin with your other hand.
3. Use oil to remove any extra residue.


TIP: The tape can be worn for 3-5 days as long as there is no skin irritation.

To learn more about Orthopedic Kinesio taping visit our treatment technique section here

This information about removing Kinesio Tape was written by Desert Hand and Physical Therapy, a physical therapy group with locations throughout the greater Phoenix and Mesa AZ area. Desert Hand and Physical Therapy has specialized treatment centers providing therapeutic treatment and rehabilitation to restore optimal upper extremity function. For more information about the group click here.

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Kinesio Taping

Taping: A Pain Reliever When All Others Fail

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“It’s gone” and “I can’t believe a little piece of tape can help that much”. These are typical comments made by patients after they have been shown how to tape their joints. Hand therapists have expanded the tricks in their bag of treatment options for pain reduction methods. Kinesio taping is now used as an effective pain reliever for hands. Patients who have not found traditional splints comfortable or effective now have an alternative. They report significant improvements in hand function with the use of simple taping techniques due to reduced pain.

  • HOW IT WORKS: Traditional splints have a history of mixed results. Hard or soft neoprene devices were used but patients often complained they were bulky, uncomfortable, and caused additional pain. Today’s therapists have borrowed taping techniques used by athletic trainers. These methods often decrease pain, provide external support for healing tissues, help reduce edema, and are less cumbersome than splints.
  • TAPE TYPES: Various types of tape may be used depending on the type of support needed and the patient’s tolerance of adhesives. Examples include McConnell and Kinesio tapes. Proper tape and adhesive, as well as wrapping styles, will maximize results.
  • EFFECTIVE TREATMENT AREAS: Typical pain-reducing taping areas include many of the typical painful hot spots in the hand such as the CMC joint, thumb, ulnar-sided wrist pain as well as joint ligament pain.
  • KINESIO TAPING ADVANTAGES: Taping is a low-profile alternative to traditional splinting. It provides custom relief to the area needing support. It is cost-effective in that a splint need not be purchased. It is easier for the patient and may result in better treatment compliance.

If you are a patient with hand or wrist pain talk to your physical or occupational therapist about taping as a low-cost practical method of pain relief.  Information provided by our friends at Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists

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PT News

This Month in PT News. Featuring articles from PTandMe partnering clinics.
1. Raising Early Awareness of Flat Feet and Fallen Arches
Written by the therapy Team at The Jackson Clinics Physical Therapy

If the soles of your shoes show unusual wear patterns, one of the culprits might be the common condition of flat feet. Flat feet are normal in babies whose arches have not yet developed. The arch develops in childhood, and by the time you reach adulthood, a normal arch should be present. Read More


2. The Kinesio Taping Method: What’s It All About?

Written by Melissa Coon at ARC Physical Therapy+

Barb Lewis is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist who specializes in upper extremity and wound injuries. She is also a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner. In honor of Pain Awareness Month this September, Barb shares her expertise on Kinesio Taping and explains how it benefits patients. Read More


3. The Dual Role of Physical Therapy
Written by the therapy Team at Cornerstone Physical Therapy

A period of rest and recovery is essential after any injury, bwoman getting chiropracticut hip and pelvic fractures pose unique challenges. An extended period of bed rest is needed to allow time to heal. Reduced muscle tone and weakness may ensue. It can also result in a reduction in joint mobility. Physical therapy helps mitigate the effects of bed rest. Once a patient is weight bearing, a therapist can facilitate recovery using some of the following methods: Read More

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Kinesiotaping Helpful for Lymphedema Patients

kinesiotaping helpful for lymphedema

In most stages Lymphedema cannot be cured, but it can be managed. The goal of physical therapy for Lymphedema patients is to control pain and minimize swelling. As a result, we have that kinesiotaping can be helpful for lymphedema patients.

Kinesiotaping  has been found to be very effective in combating and controlling swelling and Lymphedema. Kinesio tape works to decrease swelling and Lymphedema by increasing interstitial lymphatic fluid flow and enhance fluid exchange between tissue layers, thus decreasing swelling. The tape will “channel” the exudates to less congested areas through the superficial pathways. The tape gently lifts the skin, causing convolutions and creating channels of low pressure in the congested areas of the extremity. The tape is applied with very low tension to the point that the patient hardly notices the tape is there.

[ Some of the advantages of Kinesio tape are]

  • The patient will have freedom of movement more than with the conventional ace wrap.
  • Able to reduce Lymphedema in the trunk, head and neck – places where compression therapy is difficult
  • It can help soften fibrosis
  • Can be used in combination with and worn underneath compression bandage.
  • The tape does not fall down the patients leg or arm like the ace tends to do as the day progresses.
  • Kinesio tape can stay on for up to 3-5 days at a time instead of having to be reapplied daily.
  • Patients are allowed to shower with the tape on and it won’t come off.
  • The tape is hypo allergenic and very easy on the skin
  • Tape can be applied in a relatively short period of time, thus not consuming a large portion of the patient’s day, to allow them more time to do other necessary daily tasks. The procedure is quick and especially effective when combined with physical therapy treatments.

It is important that Kinesio tape initially be applied by an appropriate medical professional to best utilize its abilities. Physical and occupational therapists can be trained and certified in these taping techniques.  A therapist will typically conduct an evaluation and determine the best course of treatment.  Professionals can use Kinesio taping in conjunction with other modalities and treatment techniques in the clinic or at home.

Patients with Lymphedema  are at a higher risk of developing skin irritation. Kinesio tape is latex free, but if you do have a history of skin irritation you may want to consider opting out of taping as part of a therapy plan.

To learn more about Orthopedic Kinesiotaping visit our treatment technique section here

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