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Different Taping Techniques For Persistent Lower Back Pain: Does It Matter How You Tape?

Different Taping Techniques For Persistent Lower Back Pain

There are a number of reasons that you can develop lower back pain. It could be a result of prolonged sitting or standing, or activities like vacuuming, which requires extensive use of your lower back. Poor lifting techniques could also put unnecessary strain on your lower back, and a continuation of any of these activities tend to only make the condition worse. It could also be a result of conditions like disk disease or fractures, or simply be the natural compensation your spine undergoes as you age. Although rare, pain could also be a result of inflammation or nerve damage of the associated areas.

Whatever the reason, these activities usually result in larger amounts of pain in the lower back region, which can sometimes persist over long periods of time without proper treatment. Most doctors recommend a physical therapy routine, which might help to regain lost strength over time. Kinesiology tape is an excellent support for these sorts of exercises, providing good guidelines to ensure exercises are kept within the recommended amounts of stretch, so as not to make the injury worse. It can also be used in certain patterns to allow for some pain relief related to some overstressed areas.

There are a couple of different ways that kinesiology tape can be applied to the lower back to achieve different results. Due to the fact that skin needs to be taut when applying the tape, you will require another person to help apply the tape for you, and it might be best to consult your physical therapist or personal trainer for proper application.

The following are a few common methods of lower back taping for a couple of different general purposes.

Lower Back H

The lower-back H is the most common lower back taping method and a good all-around application, which allows for flexibility based on the area with the largest amount of pain. This setup allows for targeted pain relief and acts as a good reminder for keeping proper posture.

  • Measure two strips from the beltline to mid back.
  • Measure one strip from hip to hip across the lower back.
  • Round off the corners to prevent catching on clothing.
  • Lean over by bending at the hips to stretch the skin on the lower back.
  • Apply the two longer strips on either side of the spine.
  • The third strip should be applied at the area of pain. Stretch at the centre and apply first, anchoring the two sides with no stretch.

SI Joint 8 Point Star

The sacroiliac joint connects the sacrum and the iliac crests, or the hip bones. Although it is estimated to be the cause of 15% to 30% of lower back pain cases, it can still act as a central point for many lower back pain cases. This setup is designed to support these joints in particular, providing targeted relief to this area.

  • Measure one strip from hip to hip across the lower back.
  • Cut three additional strips to the same length.
  • Round off the corners to prevent catching on clothing.
  • Lean over by bending at the hips to stretch the skin on the lower back
  • Apply the first strip from hip to hip.
  • Apply a second strip along the spine in the centre of the first strip.
  • Complete the star by adding the remaining two strips in an X pattern.

Lower Back Support For Pregnancy

Since pregnancy tends to be different for every woman, taping for pregnancy is dependent on the individual, and also depends on how advanced the pregnancy is. Due to this, there is no standard solution for this kind of support, but it generally follows a few guidelines.

  • Begin with a lower back H as described above, again being sure to apply kinesiology tape to the area across the back receiving the most stress. If the patient has not yet progressed too far in the pregnancy, this may already be suitable.
  • Apply additional strips across the back if extra support is needed, in close proximity to the first application. Usually only one additional strip is necessary.
  • Due to the extra added weight in the front, kinesiology tape can be applied in two strips from the mid back to under the stomach at the belly button. This should provide some added support to the spine and back.

Although the skin should be taut to ensure the best results, this may be difficult in the later stages of pregnancy. Never force yourself to extend beyond your limits, as it could cause complications or pain. Always follow the direction of your physical therapist or personal trainer when applying tape, as they will be sure to provide the best results possible in a set of circumstances. Know your limits, and work within them.

Author’s Bio

Colin Hegarty is a content writer for BreezeMaxWeb that helps businesses showcase their brand through enticing copy. When he’s not working, you can find him playing net in a local beer league or biking around the city.

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