How to Apply Kinesio Tape Precut Wrist Tape

Wrist pain can interfere with almost every aspect of daily living, whether from carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains, strains or just plain overuse. Individuals with severe wrist pain can find it difficult to write, type, lift and even eat!  Athletes such as tennis players with wrist injuries often have to completely stop training and competing for extended periods of time until their wrists have healed and been rehabilitated.

Precut Kinesio Tape WristSupportOne of the reasons Kinesio Tape has become so popular with athletes is because it can often provide enough relief from pain and inflammation to allow an athlete to continue training and competing while recovering from an injury like a wrist sprain. It is also very effective at reducing pain during daily activities and rehabilitation for those with carpal tunnel. The thin, stretchy tape provides comfortable support without restricting range of motion. When applied to the skin over an injury, it interacts with both the nervous system to provide rapid pain relief and the lymphatic system to reduce swelling and inflammation.

Kinesio recently released a set of 6 Precut Kinesio Tape applications for different body parts that make Kinesio Taping quick and easy. The Kinesio Precut Wrist Application includes three I-strips (one blue and two black). Markings on each strip allow it to be customized for different body sizes.

Application Instructions – Kinesio Precut Wrist Tape

Before applying the Kinesio Precut Wrist Tape, make sure the area is clean and dry so the adhesive can work properly. Apply Kinesiotape at least an hour before any physical activity.The patient should flex the wrist (fingers pointed down) to put the muscles in a position of maximum stretch.

Kinesio tape precut wrist tape application step 1Begin by taking the blue I-strip and cut using the guides on the backing to adjust length if necessary. Take one of the black I-strips and cut it in half by cutting along the line on the backing which indicates "tear paper here". The second black I-strip can be used for additional wrist support if necessary. It will also need to be cut in half.
Kinesio tape precut wrist tape application step 2Apply the blue I-strip by first tearing the backing where indicated. Then, with the wrist in a flexed position (fingers pointed down), apply the end of the tape to the back of the hand above the knuckles. Continue applying the tape along the top of the arm with no stretch.
Kinesio tape precut wrist tape application step 3Take one half of the cut black I-strip and tear the backing across the center of the tape. Remove the backing in both directions to expose the middle of the tape. Apply the center of the tape to the top of the wrist then remove the backing as you wrap the tape around either side of the wrist with slight to no stretch. Use the second half of the tape and repeat the above instructions except place the center of the tape to the bottom of the wrist.

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 Wrist Support.

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