KT Tape: Shoulder Stability

KT Tape: Shoulder Stability


Hi, I’m Chris Harper and with me is John and we’re here to demonstrate an
application for shoulder stability. There are many instances where you may have
forward or unstable shoulders causing discomfort. Some causes may include overuse, past
shoulder injuries, ligament laxity, or flexor dominance. KT tape helps
treat this condition by improving posture mechanically and comfortably. For this application we’re going to
position the shoulder blades in a little bit of
retraction, or pulling them back. We’re sticking the sternum and chest out. I’m also going to use these blue dots just
to create some reference points. We’re going to find the tip of the shoulder, the
Acromioclavicular joint or AC joint. We’re going to put a dot right there. We’re also going to find the inferior or bottom anngle of the shoulder blade We’ll put a dot right there, and then drawing a line between the
two, we’re going to put a dot right next to the spine on the muscles back there. Okay, for our first piece we’re going to take a full strip I’m going to twist and tear the paper down near one end of the tape and I’m being very careful not to touch
the adhesive on the tape. I’m going to place this on this reference point that we made
down low, you don’t have to use ble dots at home, but these are just reference points. I’m going to then stretch this piece to twenty five percent. I’m being careful not to touch the adhesive I’m just handling the paper. I’m going to stretch this a hundred percent out, and I’ll back off halfway, and halfway again so I
have twenty five percent stretch as a lay that piece down. I’m going to give it a little bit of a rub just to
create a little friction and some heat. I’m going to take my second strip. I’m going to twist and tear the paper backing. I’m going to place this just on some skin above that first piece, so I’m going to find an anchor point, and I’m also going to angle the tape so it’s heading
towards this first reference point that we made. So I’m going to place this on some skin, being
careful not to cross the spine. I’m going to lay that anchor down with absolutely zero
stretch, just like I did with all the other ends of the tape. Now with this piece, I’m going to apply fifty percent stretch, so if I stretch a hundred percent, and then back that off half way, that is now at fifty percent. I’m going to lay that
down, and now I’m going to remove the paper backing, and lay that end down just like I did with the other ends with absolutely zero stretch. Okay, I’m going to give that whole application a
good rub to create friction, friction activates
the adhesive so it sticks to the skin very well. That looks good. some helpful tips before applying. Be sure to clean the skin very well, remove any lotions or oils you may have on your skin.
Take care with removing clothing as this may roll the tape. This application could also be combined
with other shoulder applications for maximal effect. Some complementary treatments include rest,
ice, and sitting or standing with better posture. Please seek care if you have severe pain,
swelling, or suspect a dislocation or separation. for more information see our website www.KTTape.com

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