KT Tape: AC Joint

Author: KT Tape

Hi, I'm Chris Harper, and with me is John, and we are here to demonstrate an application for the acromioclavicular joint otherwise known as the AC joint The AC joint is where the collar bone and shoulder blade meet and I'll just place a red dot where that is on the body, your pain may vary slightly, but we will just put a dot there to indicate where the pain may be some causes of this may be collisions involving the top of the shoulder or separations causing ligament damage. KT Tape helps treat this condition by relieving pressure to reduce pain provide support and may increase circulation to the inflamed area for this application we're going to position the body, I’ll have you just turn away from me slightly We will let that arm drop by the side, and make sure we're in really good posture. We also want to stretch the skin between the shoulder and neck, so we're going to turn the head away and looking down for the first part of this application I'm going to take one full strip I'm going to fold this in half and I'm going to cut rounded corners the rounded corners help prevent the tape getting caught on clothing when taking clothing on and off for this first strip I’m going to twist and tear the backer paper peeling that back I'm being very careful not to touch the adhesive of the tape when I stretch this piece I'm going to stretch it with very even pressure with my thumb, so I'm not going to grip in the middle, but rather with flat pressure like this and I'm going to stretch this to eighty percent, so if I stretch a hundred percent, I'm just going back that off just a little bit, and apply that down now I'm only applying stretch to the middle of the tape these ends I'm just going to lay down with absolutely zero stretch I'm going to give that a little bit of friction to create heat, and get that to adhere well for the next piece I'm going to take that other half of the strip that I already cut tearing it in the middle as I did with the first piece, again nice even pressure, and I'm going to make a plus sign right over that first piece and right over the center of that joint. I'll rub that on and peel the paper off, laying those ends down with absolutely zero stretch. Be very careful when taping between the shoulder and neck, the skin tends to be sensitive here plus it moves quite a bit you don't want to cause irritation there Okay, for my next part we'll take another full strip just like the first one, I'm folding this in half and cutting rounded corners just to get rid of the sharp corners that way it doesn't get caught on clothing. For this next piece, just like the first two, I'm tearing down the middle being careful not to touch the adhesive applying nice even pressure eighty percent stretch, I'm just crossing over the first two pieces and again I'm laying down these ends with absolutely zero tension I'll give that a little bit of a rub so it adheres well On my final piece, I'll tear down the middle again with nice even pressure I'll apply that right over making a plus sign with that third piece I put on and applying that down with zero stretch on the ends I'm going to give the whole thing a good friction rub that creates a little heat, and allows that adhesive to activate and really stick to the skin. Some helpful tips before applying- make sure you clean the skin very well to remove any lotions or oils you may have on be careful with taking clothing on or off, as this may roll the tape and you can also combine this with the shoulder stability application for maximum effect some complementary treatments may include ice, rest, anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, and also please seek care if you are experiencing swelling or extreme pain, or if you suspect a separation or dislocation for more information see our website at www.KTTape.com.

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