KT Tape Thumb
I'm Chris Harper and with me today isMelissa and we are demonstrating an application for thumb pain. Thumb pain can be pain at the baseof the thumb or towards the wrist. And this may have many causesincluding overuse, inflammation, tendinitis, repeated strain or bluntforceover that area. KT Tape helps treat this condition, it creates support and stability overthe area, increases circulation, reduces
pressure and offersa mechanical assist. For this application we need to positionthe thumb in an up position with the end of the thumb just down slightlykind of like a bird's head. And our first piece of tapejust going to be a full strip which we will cut longitudinally rightdown the middle of the tape, so cutting it into two long strips.I like to round the corners of the tape this is just so doesn't get caught onclothing while taking shirts on and off. Rounding those corners a little bit
okay, for our first piece we're going totwist and tear the paper backing creating an anchor point and being verycareful not to touch the adhesive. I'm going to apply this piece just overthe end of the thumb, over the thumb nail. And peeling that paper off down justleaving about an inch on the end we're going to stretch that tapeabout fifty percent so if this is a full stretch we're going to back that halfway off and apply that tape down. Now again, I'm leaving the end of thetape with absolutely zero stretch.
And now we need to tap that tape down we'regoing to drop the wrist into a comfortable position and then tap that downgive it a quick little rub just so that it adheres. And for our second piece,very similar we're going to tear the paper backing twist and tear that back again being very carefulnot to touch that adhesive. I'm just going off the end of the thumb,wrap that around it so it adheres well. We're going to take this piece backagain stretching about fifty percent, maybe slightly more I'm just going to tryand place
that anchor just behind the first one and apply that down with zero stretch.And again dropping that wrist down We're going to then tapthat taped over area. Give that a quick little rub,and for our second piece I'm going to tear a secondfull stripped this time I'm going to use a pair of scissors and cutrounded corners so I have two short strips. The rounded corners are so that itdoesn't get caught on clothing. And for this piece we're going to drop thatwrist down in a comfortable position
I'm going to twist and tearthe paper backing and we're going to stretch this tapewith our thumbs with even pressure. So I'm not pulling like this but ratherflattening my thumbs on the tape and stretching that out we're going to stretchthis piece to eighty percent so if that's onehundred we're backing thatoff just a little bit. We're going to apply that right over thebase of thumb, lying that down. Let's make sure that it adheresbefore I peel this lasted bit of paper off and apply that down with zero stretch.