Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is an ailment caused by repetitive movements involving the use of the hands, making it a common injury among typist and factory workers. CTS occurs when the median nerve gets pinched at the wrist causing tingling, numbness and general discomfort. This pain is generally experienced in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and parts of the ring finger.
Kinesiology taping is considered the first true therapeutic taping technique. Practitioners and athletes around the world have embraced this effective, safe and easy-to-use therapy.
Mueller Kinesiology Tapefeatures a revolutionary adhesive design that lifts the skin to help maintain flexibility, improve circulation and aid in pain relief. By microscopically lifting the skin from the muscle and improving circulation, pressure and irritation are decreased to help alleviate pain. Mueller Kinesiology Tape can be worn for several days per application providing you with around the clock relief from pain. Kinesio taping techniques can help decrease discomfort, increase the range of motion, and increase function.
So, how do you treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with kinesiology tape? Here’s a quick taping technique to help reduce the pain associated with CTS:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Kinesiology Taping
Measure a piece of kinesiology tape from the middle of the fingers to the bend of the elbow with the hand-facing palm up.
Fold the tape over about an inch from the end. Cut two diamond shapes in the tape. Tear backing off just above the cutouts to create the anchor.
Place the middle and index finger through diamond holes.
Anchor the end of the strip on the backside of hand. Bring the wrist to full extension. Lay the tape down with no stretch, watching for creases.
You should see wrinkling of the tape as you flex the wrist.
For added support, you can do the same thing with another “I” strip and lay it down on the back of the hand and wrist.