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Kinesio Taping

What is Kinesio Tape?

  • Kinesiology taping is a technique originally developed to treat sports injuries; more recently it has been used to treat lymphoedema
  • Kinesio Tape is a specialised form of adhesive tape made up of 100% cotton that has elastic properties
  • It is latex-free and has a medical adhesive backing that is safe to use on most people
  • The tape is heat sensitive so rubbing the tape gently after application will allow it to adhere more securely 
  • The wave of adhesive on the tape, when applied correctly, helps lift the skin and encourages lymphatic drainage

How does it work?

  • Kinesio Tape has been designed to mimic the qualities of the skin
  • It only stretches one way (lengthways) for application 
  • The tape has a direct effect on the superficial lymphatic vessels just beneath the skin; thus allowing the lymph fluid to drain more freely
  • The tape can alos be applied over certain muscles to help drainage of lymphatic fluid
  • The tape encourages congested fluid to move away towards healthy drainage pathways
  • It can be used to breakdown fibrotic areas and scarring

Who can benefit from Kinesio Tape?

  • Anyone with lymphoedema may benefit from Kinesio Taping 
  • It is useful over swelling where it is difficult to apply compression 
  • Your lymphoedema practitioner will decide if it is appropriate you to have Kinesio Taping as part of your treatment 

How is the tape applied?

  • The tape is applied by a trained lymphoedema practitioner directly onto clean dry skin that is free from any creams
  • Your lymphoedema practitioner will decide where the tape should be applied and how to ensure effectiveness 
  • The tape is cut to the correct length, shapes and size
  • The technique used by your therapist will depend on each individual patients’ lymphoedema
  • You may be shown how to apply the Kinesio Tape yourself

Who can apply the tape?

  • Kinesio Tape should only be applied by a healthcare professional or lymphoedema practitioner that has been fully trained to use the technique 
  • However, you, your partner or carer can be shown how to apply the tape once a qualified therapist has shown you and is happy that you are capable

How long can I keep it on for?

  • Your lymphoedema practitioner will tell you when your should remove the tape
  • Ideally it should stay on for up to 5 days
  • The tape may start to come away prior to this and re-application may be necessary before the 5 days
  • When removing the tape always do so from the direction of the hair growth (usually from the top, down)
  • It may be easier to remove after your bath or shower
  • Always clean the skin thoroughly once removed to prevent any build-up of adhesive
  • Remove the tape immediately if there is ever any sign of infection (cellulitis) or irritation, e.g. redness, discomfort, pain or itching