KT Tape: Abdominals
I'm Chris Harper and with me is John, and we're here to demonstrate an application for abdominal pain. This is an application for your oblique abdominal muscles which are just to the side of your midline abs. Abdominal pain can be caused by muscular tears due to excessive twisting of the trunk. KT Tape helps treat this condition by relaxing and supporting the painful muscles, takes pressure off the area to reduce pain, and may increae circulation. For this application we're going to place the body in a little bit of a stretch where we're going to be placing that tape. So we're going to lean back just a little bit. Okay, we're going to take a piece of tape, one full strip. We're going to find the logo end of the tape and twist and tear that backing paper to create an anchor point.
We're being very careful not to touch the adhesive of the tape. We're going to place this up high, and we're going to place this with absolutely zero stretch. Give it a little bit of a rub so that it sticks, and we're going to remove the paper backing. As we remove it, we're going to leave a little bit of paper on the end of the tape just so you can something to hang on to without touching the adhesive. Okay, we're going to apply nice even pressure and stretch this out to twenty-five percent. So if we stretch all the way, and then back off halfway and halfway again, that's twenty five percent.
We're going to lay that piece down. Great, we're going to apply that last tail of the tape with absolutely zero stretch. And get that to stick to the skin. Great. Give it a little bit of friction rub just to create some heat and good adhesion.
Okay, we're going to take our next strip. We're going to tear that off, one full strip. On the logo end of the tape, we're going to twist and tear that backing paper. And being careful again not to touch the adhesive on the tape We're going to place this just above that first piece, again placing the body in a little bit of a stretch that's good.
We're going to apply that with zero stretch, and just like the first piece we're going to remove that backing paper. Leaving a little bit on the end just to hang on to so you're not touching the adhesive. Great. We'll apply that at twenty five percent stretch so all the way, back off halfway, and halfway again and then apply that down. Okay, and that last little bit we're going to just take the paper off, and we're going to lay that down with absolutely zero stretch. Okay, give the whole application a little bit of a rub, create some friction and some heat. That activates the adhesive so it sticks much better to the skin. Okay, once that's rubbed on, you can come up out of that position.
And that looks good. Some helpful tips before applying. Make sure to clean the skin very well, remove any lotions or oils you may have on. Also, trim excessive hair to allow better adhesion to the skin. Be careful with removing and putting on clothing as this may roll the tape.
Please seek care if the pain feels internal or increases, or if you experience spasms, swelling, or discoloration. Some complementary treatments may include ice, rest, anti inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, and light progressive stretching. For more information see our website at www.KTTape.com.
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