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 Tapinghttp://www.kinesiotape.ca/whatitdoes.htm
Scientific Explanation of Kinesio Tex Tapehttp://www.ktss.us/files/ScientificExplanationOfKinesioTexTape.pdf
Kinesio Gold Sitehttp://www.kinesiotaping.com/kinesio/products.html
Video of regular knee application:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCcqaGCFshg
Book about taping for chronic swelling. It has good pictures about the fan shaped application.http://www.isokineticsinc.com/category/epmanuals/product/kn_bk4
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.