How to Apply the Precut Kinesio Tape Neck Application

precut kinesio neck tapeNeck injuries, whether mild or severe, can lead to incapacitating neck pain and muscle spasms which may impact your ability to go about your daily activities. Sudden onset neck pain can be caused by such seemingly innocuous activities as sitting at the computer for too long, lifting something the wrong way or sleeping in a bad position. More severe injuries are usually caused by trauma such as whiplash, falls, and violent twisting. Common causes of neck pain include muscle spasms, arthritis, muscle strains, neck sprains, and herniated discs.

precut kinesio neck tapeOne of the newer, but amazingly effective treatments for neck pain is a therapeutic taping product called  Kinesio Tape.  This thin, stretchy tape provides comfortable support without restricting range of motion. When applied to the skin over an injury, it interacts with the nervous system to provide rapid pain relief and the lymphatic system to reduce swelling and inflammation.

KinesioTape has become very popular with athletes  because it can often provide enough relief of pain and inflammation to allow an athlete to continue training and competing while recovering from an injury like muscle strain or spasms in the neck and upper shoulder area .

Kinesio recently released a set of 6 Precut Kinesio Tape applications for different body parts that make Kinesio Taping quick and easy. Each convenient foil packet contains one application specially designed for the neck and upper back area. The precut Kinesio Tape Neck application can be used to provide support and relieve pain and spasms in the neck and trapezius muscles across the top of the shoulders. Each packet contains two beige Y-Strips and one black I-Strip, enough tape for 2 applications. Markings on each strip allow it to be customized for different body sizes. Step-by-step application instructions are included in each packet.

Application Instructions – Precut Kinesio Tape Neck

Before applying the precut Kinesio Tape Neck application, make sure the area is clean and dry so the adhesive can set properly. Apply Kinesiotape at least 30 minutes before any physical activity.

Kinesio tape precut neck tape application step 1First, use one Y-strip and cut to correct length if necessary. Cut the black I-strip in half by cutting on the line. Tear the backing at the tear line and remove the backing from the end of the strip. Apply the base of the tape along the center of the spine, 4-5" below the base of the neck.
Kinesio tape precut neck tape application step 2With head tilted forward at to the left, apply the right tail upwards along the right side of the neck below the hairline. Tilt head to the right and repeat taping on the left side. Rub the tape to activate the adhesive. Be careful not to tape over loose hair.
Kinesio tape precut neck tape application step 3Use one half of the black I-strip and tear the backing across the center of the tape. Begin removing backing in both directions to expose the middle portion of the tape. Holding both ends, apply a slight stretch then apply horizontally over the most painful area.

Printable Instructions

Most KinesioTape applications can remain in place for 3 to 5 days, providing round the clock support and pain relief.

Watch for my next post, which will present the video application instructions for the Precut Kinesio Tape Neck Support.

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