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How to apply tape: Ribs

The ribs are the individual bones that form the rib cage. The rib cage serves to protect the vital organs such as the lungs and the heart. The rib cage spans from the neck to near the hips and is made of hard bone tissue for protection, but pieced together by flexible cartilage to allow for expansion of the lungs for breathing.

Muscles in between each rib hold the bones together, maintain proper spacing, and facilitate the expansion for breathing. Humans have 12 pairs of ribs: 14 true ribs that surround the body, 6 false ribs that partially surround the body starting from the sternum, and 4 false ribs that originate at the spine and do not surround the body at all.

Ribs can become bruised, broken, separated, and the muscles can be pulled or torn. Excessive strain in twisting motions, abrupt direction changes, or a blunt force can all cause muscle pain of the ribs, while blunt or sharp forces are almost always the cause of breaks or bruising. Rib pain is often felt at or around the ribs and can radiate into the back or abdominals. The pain can range from sore or annoying on inspiration to extremely painful and disruptive of normal breathing.

Use KT Tape to relieve pressure and pain, increase circulation to promote the healing process, and relax any strained muscles*. Due to the properties of KT Tape, the ribs remain flexible enough to allow for breathing, but excess motion is alleviated and increased circulation is encouraged. This flexible support provides a very unique system for managing pain and encouraging the body to heal*.

Most rib injuries are left to heal on their own with little intervention. In some cases, as with muscle tears or separation, immobilization with special belts is used to allow for proper healing. Broken or fractured ribs cannot be put into a cast or immobilized like other bones of the body making the healing process long and at times quite painful. Avoid contact sports, lightly and progressively stretch, and ice after activity. Seek additional care if breathing becomes difficult, extreme swelling or bruising occurs, or sharp pains radiate to other areas.
The ribs are the individual bones that form the rib cage. Potential causes of rib pain may include excessive strain, blunt force, or abrupt changes in direction. KT Tape helps treat the condition by relieving pressure and increasing circulation.

What you need
4 strips of KT TAPE
Apply 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
Lift the arm over the head to stretch ribs.
Anchor the middle of a full strip of tape with 50% stretch below the point of pain.
Apply the last two inches of each end without stretch.
Anchor the middle of a second full strip above the point of pain, parallel to first strip, with 50% stretch.
Apply the last two inches of each end without stretch.
Anchor the middle of a third full strip over the first two strips with 50% stretch.
Apply the last two inches of each end without stretch.
Anchor the middle of fourth full strip to form a box around the point of pain with 50% stretch.
Apply the last 5cm of each end 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.
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