How to apply Tape: General Shoulder

The shoulder is a complex and relatively unstable joint that every person uses extensively on a daily basis. There are many muscles and forces that act on the shoulder, and when any of these is overactive or underactive, problems can arise.

Causes of general shoulder pain are extensive and can be due to injuries of the many muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, cartilage, or bones that make up the shoulder complex. Stress, compensation from past injury, or inflammation due to poor biomechanics is often the cause of continued general shoulder pain.

Though shoulder pain can have many different root causes, it is often associated with raised shoulders. Dropping the shoulders will almost always create more joint space and relieve the stress and pain in the shoulder.

Use this application to create a gentle reminder to keep good posture and relax the shoulder muscles to bring the shoulders down into a healthier position. Regardless of the source of shoulder problem, this application can greatly reduce the pain and improve biomechanics*. Use this app in combination with other more specific shoulder applications for the best effect.

Application overview

The shoulder is a complex and relatively unstable joint. There are many muscles and forces that act on the shoulder, and when any of these is overactive or underactive, problems can arise. Potential causes of shoulder pain may include overuse, stress to the area, ligament or tendon damage, or muscle tears. KT Tape may increase circulation, reduce pressure over the area of pain, and offer support and stability to the shoulder.

What you need

2 strips of KT TAPE

Apple before activity

Apply one hour before beginning activity

Clean skin

Clean dirt, oils and lotions from area

Activate adhesive

After application rub tape vigorously to activate adhesive

Body position

how to apply tape to general shoulder step 1

Tilt the head away from the shoulder, looking down. Place arm around the front of the body.

how to apply tape to general shoulder step 2

0% STRETCH

ANCHOR: Anchor a full strip on the lower deltoid without stretch.

how to apply tape to general shoulder step 3

20% STRETCH

APPLY: Apply the tape around the back of the shoulder with 20% stretch as shown.

how to apply tape to general shoulder step 4

0% STRETCH

ANCHOR: Anchor a full strip half an inch below the first piece of tape without stretch.

how to apply tape to general shoulder step 5

20% STRETCH

APPLY: Apply tape up to the top of the shoulder with 20% stretch.
POSITION: Move arm back as if throwing a bowling ball.

Apply the last 5cm of tape without stretch.

CAUTION: If you have skin sensitivities, cancer, or are pregnant, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use if skin becomes irritated or sore. KT TAPE® is not a replacement for professional medical care. Warranties and remedies limited to product replacement cost. READ ALL CAUTIONS ON ENCLOSED INSTRUCTION SHEET PRIOR TO USE.