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Kinesio taping for low back pain

Updated: Feb 21, 2021

Back pain is one of the most common reason for a visit to the doctor or miss work. Back pain can range from muscle ache to shooting pain down the leg and can be made worse by bending, lifting and in some cases can even make sitting and standing difficult.

Conditions commonly linked to back pain can include:

  1. Muscle or ligament strain: Repeated lifting of heavy objects, poor posture or sudden movements can strain low back muscles and ligaments leading to strain causing low back discomfort that worsens over a period of time if not treated in the early stages.

  2. Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is a condition of low bone density and structural deterioration of bone tissue that causes an increased risk of fractures. Osteoporosis on its own does not cause pain or obvious symptoms. Complications from the condition including vertebral fractures may result in back pain and limited mobility.

  3. Osteoarthritis: When osteoarthritis affects the spine, it is known as spondylosis is a degenerative disorder that can cause loss of normal spinal structure and function. Although aging is the primary cause, the location and rate of degeneration varies per person. Spondylosis can affect the cervical, thoracic and/or lumbar regions of the spine, with involvement of the intervertebral discs and facet joints. This can lead to disc degeneration also known as bone spurs (also known as osteophytes), which can pinch nerves that are near the discs or spurs.

  4. Bulging or ruptured discs:Disks act as cushions between the bones (vertebrae) in your spine. The soft material inside a disk can bulge or rupture and press on a nerve.

What is Kinesio Taping?

The Kinesio Taping method was first conceptualized in 1973 by Dr. Kenzo Kase to treat his patients whose primary compliant was pain. Since he could not prescribe pain medication, the concept of affecting a change through the skin to reduce build up of fluids within the layers of soft tissue, thereby leading to pain reduction was born. After experimenting with available prophylactic tapes available at the time, Kinesio Tex Tape, made of 100% cotton fibers, having elastic qualities and 100% heat activated acrylic adhesive was created. These components mimic the quality of the skin and when applied properly, lift the skin that is demonstrated by the convolutions in the skin.

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