Independent Lab Session: KinesioTaping® Applications- Skin

Choose one of the three applications below. Click here to download and print the directions below for these taping applications.

Videotape yourself applying the taping application on another person, and email the link to your taping application video to the instructor (

When emailing video links to instructor, subject line of email should include “Pain CE course- Taping Assignment # _”. You can email all 3 taping assignment video links in one email. In the email, include the link(s), name of taping application(s) chosen, and the problem(s) you would treat with the chosen taping application(s). Please make sure to save your videos until you have completed the course and received your certificate of course completion.

For privacy concerns, please focus on the body part being taped, and do not show faces in your video.

1. TAPING FOR SKIN: Epidermis Finger Taping Lab
Length: approximately 6-7 squares KinesioTape

  • Epidermis Taping is 0-5% tension
  • Cut the strips very thin and round the corners
  • Apply the tape to the nail with 0% tension and gently lay the tape down with 0-5 % tension
  • Take the strip as high up the hand as is necessary to influence tissue movement
  • Epidermis Taping is used with hypersensitivity, CRPS, stiffness
  • Pain is reported as sharp or electric

2. TAPING FOR SWELLING: Wrist Taping Lab
Length: approximately 3-4 squares KinesioTape

  • 10-20% Tension
  • Thin Strips – Fan Taping
  • 4 Strips to 6 Strips for more sensitive skin- CRPS
  • Proximal to Distal
  • Channel towards lymphatic drainage locations if very congested.
  • May have to have multiple fans
  • Creates high- and low-pressure gradients
  • Layer over the top of each other

3. TAPING FOR FASCIA: Tennis Elbow
Length: approximately 2-3 squares KinesioTape

  • Web Cut or Y Cut
  • 15-25% for Superficial
  • 25-50% for Deeper
  • Manual Direction Test (MDT)- Clock method
  • Request the movement and identify pain location. Glide the tissues and request retest.
  • Apply the tape in the direction that is pain free.
  • You can free up neural pathways
  • “Unwinding”
  • Generally will unwind away from the body

Once you have completed taping lab, click orange button to “Mark Complete”. If you will not be completing your taping assignment now, and want to continue watching the next video, you will need to mark this lab as compete and come back to it later. Reminder: you must complete and submit your 3 taping applications prior to the Zoom meeting.

When emailing video links to instructor, subject line of email should include "Pain CE course- Taping Assignment # _".

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