Back taping with kinesiology tape
Back taping as support for sports and everyday life
A large part of the population now works several hours a day in front of a computer, i.e. they are mainly sedentary. The lack of movement and monotonous posture can lead to tension in the lumbar spine and lower back, making it difficult to bend over and limiting mobility. The elasticity of kinesiology tape can give the back the necessary stability without restricting mobility too much, for example to pursue your passion for sports or to provide a more comfortable feeling in case of tension in everyday life. Note: In case of acute back pain, it is always advisable to consult a doctor who can determine the cause of the injury or pain in the lower back.
Our kinesiology tape recommendations
You need these types of tape for taping the back
As kinesiology tape is suitable for a variety of applications on different areas of the body, some applications require special shapes of kinesiology tape to make application and taping as easy as possible. You can conveniently cut these from our taper rolls. You can choose the colours of the kinesiology tape according to your personal taste.
Our kinesiology tapes are 5m long and uncut on a roll, so they can be cut to size individually. As a guideline for the I and Y tapes, we recommend 25 cm long tape strips. For some applications, e.g. on the wrist, you can also use shorter tape strips. Some applications require the tape to be applied with tension, which means that the kinesiology tape is applied with stretching.
Back taping: Step 1
First take one of the I-Tapes and apply it slightly next to your lumbar spine on your lower back. You can bend down while taping and then apply the tape without stretch, or you can apply the tape strips with stretch while standing on your back.
Now take the second I-Tape and apply it parallel to the first one slightly next to the lumbar spine on the other side. You are welcome to use the same colour of kinesiology tape for these two parallel strips of tape.
Back taping: Step 2
Take the third I-Tape and tear it in the middle so that you can stick the kinesiology tape in the middle. Now stick the tape strip across the two parallel I-Tapes that were previously applied. For taping several strips on top of each other, it is advisable to use tapes with different colours. Finally, rub the kinesiology tape strips once more to fully activate the adhesive through the frictional heat and the taping of the back is complete.
Tips before application of kinesiology tape on the back
- Make sure your skin is dry and clean before taping. It is also advisable to remove hair from the lower back area before application so that the kinesiology tape holds better and removal after application is more comfortable and does not hurt.
- Round off the edges with scissors before taping the lower back so that the corners do not peel off so quickly. Some applications can be taped comfortably by yourself, for some applications you should ask another person for support. The application of the kinesiology tape for the lower back works best if you have a helping hand at your side to apply the strips. However, with a lot of practice, you can also succeed in taping the back on your own.
- After you have applied the tape, rub the tape several times in the area of the lumbar spine to activate the adhesive.
- It is normal and also intended that waves form on the tape after application during muscle relaxation. These are even intentional and are called convolutions. These mainly occur when standing upright, as the skin of the lower back is relaxed in this position. However, when bending, such as when stooping, the skin of the lower back is stretched and the tape is tight.
Benefits of kinesiology tape
Due to many positive testimonials from patients, kinesiology tape is also frequently used by physiotherapists. In addition to the minimal possible side effects when used correctly, it helps a number of patients with tension in the back area or to support mobility. This is what distinguishes the tape bandage in different colours:
- You can shower and even bathe/swim with the tape as it is waterproof and also breathable.
- The kinesiology tape is latex-free and has good skin compatibility.
- In case of unpleasant movements or movement restrictions in the back or lower back, the supporting and stabilising effect of the tape makes it possible to move more comfortably, for example to do sports.
- Due to the elasticity of the tape, the tension when applying it to the back can be varied and adapted to the needs of the body part and the desired intensity.
Important note before taping
To ensure the compatibility of the kinesiology tape with your skin, we recommend that you test a small piece of tape on your skin beforehand and leave it there for about 30 minutes.
If you experience itching or an allergic reaction, remove the kinesiology tape and stop the treatment.