KT Tape: Shin Splints

Author: KT Tape

I'm Chris Harper and with me is Makayla and we're here to demonstrate an application for shin splints. This can be pain anywhere along the inner shin of the front of the leg and in this case I'm just going to use a red dot and actually place that where the pain may be. Your pain may vary, and we're going to tape relative to this dot. Some causes of this may be over use, inflammation, changing running surfaces, poorly fitting or worn out shoes, or drastic increases in activity. KT Tape helps treat this condition by relaxing associated musculature, relieving pressure on tissue to reduce pain, and may increase circulation. For this application we're actually going to place the foot in plantar flexion or toes away from the shin.

So sliding that foot down. We're going to take our first full strip, and we're going to twist and tear the backing paper towards the logo end of the tape to create an anchor point. We're being very careful not to touch the adhesive on the tape and just handle the tape with the paper. We're going to remove the paper backing, and we're going to place this on fifty percent stretch, so stretch all the way out and then back off about half way. We're going to tape right over that point of pain again your pain may be in a slightly different location. And as we take the paper off that last bit of tape we're just going to apply with absolutely zero stretch. Give that a quick rub to create a little friction that allows it to adhere much better to the skin.

For our next piece we're going to take a full strip, and this time we're going to fold it in half, and on the folded end, we're actually going to cut rounded corners. The rounded corners just help the tape not get caught on clothing and peel off prematurely. We're going to take our first strip and twist and tear that backing paper to create and anchor at the end of the tape.

We're going to place this just above that point of pain, laying that anchor down with absolutely zero stretch. We're going to peel that paper off, again being very careful not to touch the adhesive. Handle the tape just with the paper. We're going to apply this with eighty-percent stretch, so if you stretch all the way out to one-hundred percent and then back that off just a little bit.

KT Tape: Shin Splints

We're going to lay this down, though the last bit of tape we're going to remove the paper and lay it down with absolutely zero stretch. A quick little rub, just to make sure it's adhering well. We're going to take our next strip, and just like that first half strip we're going to tear the end of the tape to create an anchor point. This time we're placing this just below the point of pain. Again, anchoring with absolutely zero stretch without touching the adhesive. We're going to put that on eighty percent stretch, lay that down on the very end of the tape.

We're going to remove the paper backing and lay that down with absolutely zero stretch. Give the whole the a good rub, the heat that you create with friction helps it adhere much better to the skin. That looks great! Some helpful tips before applying is to remove and skin oil or lotions you may have on there. Also, stretching the calves out may help. Shave or trip area if you have hair over the lower leg. Wear a sock to sleep just so the tape doesn't roll if you roll around while sleeping.

Some complementary treatments may include rest ice, massage, and some strengthening. Please seek care if you have severe pain, swelling or sharp, or very difficult pain spots along that shin. For more information visit our website at www.kttape.com.

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