Wrist taping with kinesiology tape
Taping the wrist for support during sport and everyday life
Progressive digitalisation ensures that a large part of the population works with a computer or operates a smartphone for several hours every day. These movements, e.g. clicking with a computer mouse, are often very monotonous and often lead to tension and discomfort in the wrist during movement. The use of kinesiology tape can help you to increase the mobility in your wrist. Taping the wrist also adds stability, which can make everyday movements more comfortable.
If you have tension in your wrists, not only will everyday life be more difficult, but also sporting activities. Sports such as tennis or going to the gym are usually not performed with the same pleasure as without complaints. Taping the wrists can also help in this situation.
Our kinesiology tape recommendations
You need these types of kinesiology tape for taping the wrist
As kinesiology tape is suitable for a variety of applications on different parts of the body, some applications require the tape strips to be cut to size. You can choose the colours of the kinesiology tape according to your taste.
Our kinesiology tapes are uncut on a roll and can therefore be cut individually. As a guideline for the I and Y tapes, we recommend 25 cm long tape strips. For some applications, such as here on the wrist, you can also use shorter tape strips. Since two strips of tape are taped around the wrist, the length depends on the circumference of your wrists. Some applications require the tape bandage to be applied with tension.
Wrist taping: Step 1
Take the first I-Tape, which you measure beforehand so that it does not reach all the way around your wrist. Stretch the wrist by pulling the back of the hand upwards. Now apply the kinesiology tape first with medium tension on your pulse and stick the two ends around the wrist without the two ends of the tape overlapping.
Wrist taping: Step 2
Take the second I-Tape, which should be about 25 cm long. Fold your wrist down and apply the tape on the outer forearm side so that it reaches just below the beginning of the elbow. The tape should be applied with medium tension.
Wrist taping: Step 3
Apply the third I-Tape in a similar way to the first tape, but start with the wrist folded down on the back of the hand and stick the two ends around the wrist. Finally, rub the tape strips on your wrist and forearm several times to activate the adhesive through the frictional heat and to allow the full effect of the tape to unfold on the wrist.
Tips before applying kinesiology tape on the wrist
- Make sure that your skin on the wrist and forearm where you want to apply the kinesiology tape is dry and clean before taping.
- Use scissors to round off the edges before taping so that the corners do not peel off so quickly during application. Taping the wrist can be done alone without much prior knowledge and does not require a second person to apply the tape.
- After applying the tape, rub the tape strips on the forearm and wrist several times. The frictional heat helps the adhesive to adhere better. It is normal and can happen that ripples form on the tape after application during muscle relaxation.
- These are even intentional and are called convolutions.
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 wrist pain or tension in the forearm. This is what distinguishes the tape bandage in different colours:
- Waterproof and breathable, so you can shower and even swim during application, which usually lasts several days.
- The tapes are skin-friendly because acrylic adhesive is used for the adhesive surface and not latex.
- In case of movement restrictions in the wrist and tension in the forearm, the supporting and stabilising effect of the tape can enable more comfortable movement, for example, to do sports or to make everyday life more pleasant.
- Due to the elasticity of the tape, the tension can be varied during application and adapted to the needs of the body part, e.g. when applying kinesiology tape to the wrist.
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.