Taping your rotator cuff is an easy and effective way to provide support and manage pain. There are two main types of taping, kinesiology tape and athletic tape. These two types of tape work very differently and require different taping techniques for optimal use. Check out the rest of this article for more on rotator cuff taping and how you can incorporate it into your treatment for rotator cuff pain.
Yes, taping works by reducing pain and providing support so you can continue in activities and sports. The compression will manage swelling, which helps with pain and healing. The tape also encourages healthy muscle contraction and joint movement. Here are the other benefits of taping for a rotator cuff injury.
Kinesiology tape, sometimes called kt tape, is a newer product that works completely different than athletic tape. The tape creates a slight pull on the skin which can improve lymphatic and blood flow. It doesn’t wrap around the joint like athletic tape and is easy to apply. Kinesiology tape can be used at home and is commonly used in physical therapy and physiotherapy offices to treat shoulder pain from rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, tendonitis and even shoulder impingements.
Kinesio taping is a good choice for someone who has pain with repetitive movements but not necessarily chronic pain. Here’s why:
Here’s one of the most common ways you can use kinesiology tape for a rotator cuff injury or shoulder pain:
Talk to your physical therapist if you have any questions or check out our resource on physical therapy for rotator cuff injuries to learn more.
Athletic tape has been used for years by athletic trainers to support injured joints. This kind of tape is rigid and restricts movement, like a brace. It’s the perfect choice for someone who is looking to reduce the movement within the joint to prevent overextending it past its normal range of motion.
Follow these simple steps when using athletic tape to help immobilize the rotator cuff and shoulder muscles:
Taping, when used with other treatments like a rotator cuff exercise program will provide the best results.
Shoulder injuries caused by the rotator cuff muscles and tendons can cause long-lasting pain and limit your ability to enjoy life. Athletic and kinesiology taping are two of the many treatment modalities that can provide pain relief. When used with other treatments like rest, physical therapy, and exercise you will be able to rehab your rotator cuff and get back to all the activities you enjoy.