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Kinesio Taping to help with swelling and pain
« on: October 18, 2011, 06:10:46 AM »
I got introduced to the Kinesio tape a couple of years ago by one PT therapist that I saw at the time. It has helped me greatly to give me some support so I could walk and helped to get the AF pain and swelling under control.

Brief Summary of Kinesio Taping

Scientific Explanation of Kinesio Tex Tape

Kinesio Gold Site

Video of regular knee application:

Book about taping for chronic swelling. It has good pictures about the fan shaped application.

I used to use the typical loop shaped knee application with a double loop around the patella but since I have had my LOA, I prefer the fan shape. It helps with the swelling, provides a little support and still allows me to do my patella mobes.

I could not find a web page that explains the fan shaped application for the knee so here is my explanation:

Cut 2 strips about 15 inches long
Cut each strip into a fan with 5 fingers leaving about 1 inch uncut
Round the corner of the uncut top and each of the thin fingers
Apply the uncut end below the knee portals
Bend the knee before spreading out the fingers upwards the leg

Initially, I worked the fingers around the portals, crossing some of them over so I had access to the portals for separate massage. That was also necessary when the portals have not fully healed yet. Sometimes I donít go up straight with the fingers but make creative waves, like the tentacles of an octopus.

There are four colors offered.
I usually use the blue Ė because it is supposed to have a cooling effect (plus I love the turquoise color anyway).
Sometimes, I use a little strip of the black in an area where I need additional support.
I used the beige when I was at the beach and wanted to have something neutral.
I have tried the pink, but it just did not feel right.

I am leaving the tape on between 2 days and 5 days maximum. If I am very active, go often to the pool or I am particularly swollen, I need to change it more often to feel the benefit. I also remove it when I have PT treatment or have direct massage of the leg (I keep it on when I just get a back massage because it helps keep the swelling under control while lying for extended time on my stomach).

I noticed some posts from several years ago on this site about kinesio tape but people did not get into any details. I am curious if anybody else with AF has had any experience with it.

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Re: Kinesio Taping to help with swelling and pain
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2011, 02:18:10 PM »
Thank you for your thorough write up!

I am investigating this further.


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Re: Kinesio Taping to help with swelling and pain
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2011, 03:21:26 PM »

Whilst I was attending physio last year, prior to getting a full diagnosis on my knee pain, (OA in medial compartment, plus other things) I had tape applied to my knee by an Australian physio.

It was applied in two white strips across my knee and further strips applied on top to gently move the knee cap into a better place as it appeared to be mis-aligned. It gave some relief whilst in place and kept the pain at bay for some days afterwards. I was allowed to keep it on for 48 hours and then it had to be removed. Within a fortnight the pain was back, but I was prepared to try anything in order to have some relief even if it was only temporary.

There are a variety ways in which the tape can be applied. I had Leukotape applied. Would recommend as a stop gap whilst seeking further diagnosis if applied by a qualified physio. Some times we will try anything in order to stop pain, and it is worth a try if you haven't got to see a OS and are seeing a physio.

Good write up Juneau.


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Re: Kinesio Taping to help with swelling and pain
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2011, 02:41:31 PM »
I've purchased some kinesio type tape called spidertech. It is a little pricey compared to a roll of kinesio tape but I'll be applying it myself. I ordered 4 of each of the following:

My knee is swollen significantly 6 months post-op, so I'm hoping to give this a shot.

Here's a coupon code for half off your order:
(If it does not work please google for a code, I know I used one, but not sure if this is the right one)

I'll report back with how it works out for me!
Thanks you for suggesting this!