Mistakes + Tricks: Correct Kinesiotape Training for Climbers Part 2

Above: Use of kinesiotape for abnormal joint position. As climbers use their joints in a supinated position (hands angled towards midline), joints can tend to shift and become rigid in an abnormal position. In the above photo, we used kinesiotape to help re-train this patients joint (and to load the surrounding tissue with the correct motion pattern with use).

Welcome back to Part 2 of my Kinesiotaping Application Series. In Part 1 we learned what should and should not be taped. We also learned a few application No-Nos. Now on Part 2, we delve deeper into the tricks of the trade for tape application. Rest assured, if after following these tricks your tape STILL doesn't stick, you need to buy a different brand. This tape should stay attached for a few days (and with better brands, you need to tug it off at the end of the week). If you are a hairy person, you *might* consider shaving the area of tape application. Don't worry, research shows that the tape works, even if it is only adhered to the hair. It lasts longer with these hard earned tricks from my clinic (and in in the field):

Kinesiotaping: Common Areas of Improvement

1. Skin Prep- Make sure your skin does NOT have sunscreen, lotion or climbing chalk on it. I use an alcohol prep pad, a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol on it, or if needed, a sticky adherent (Cramer Tape Adhesive Spray).