The Application of Tape for Tennis Elbow
Throughout the blog we will give demonstrations of how to apply kinesiology tape depending on the problem area in the body. Today we will look at tennis elbow.
Tennis Elbow occurs when you damage the muscles responsible for wrist and finger extension, and can be a painful and enduring condition. Trust us, this is not caused by playing tennis! It can happen to people who play many sports as well as those who do not! This kind of injury can happen whenever you perform a repetitive motion using this part of the body, or when you place the muscles under undue strain or tension.
Typically occurring in the lateral epicondyle, a bony bump located on the outer elbow joint, symptoms normally last up to six weeks but can extend beyond three months, when it is considered to be a chronic condition. It can be very frustrating especially if it is stopping you from training or enjoying life. It can be very painful and you may find medication doesn’t really help.
KINESIOLOGY SPORTS TAPE can be very helpful at treating this uncomfortable ailment, as correct application can reduce the pressure incurred by the elbow joint. By applying tape to this area you could regain mobility quickly, and could also experience a reduction in pain, as the area decompresses.
Worn regularly, and continuously KINESIOLOGY SPORTS TAPE can help sufferers of tennis elbow experience healing faster and recover much quicker.
Ensure your skin is washed and dry, and the area you want to apply the tape to is shaved. (You will not achieve good adhesion if there is hair on the area, so please shave the area even if you have fine hair there)
Prepare the strips of tape by cutting to the appropriate length and rounding off the corners.
Remember to activate the tape by rubbing slightly to encourage the heat-sensitive adhesive to bond to your skin.
Bend your arm to a 90 degree angle from the elbow, then take a strip of KINESIOLOGY SPORTS TAPE with an 80% stretch and apply over the painful location.
Support it with another long strip with a 25% stretch, applied over the top.