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EFT Tapping: Tap Along #28: Foot Pain (April 2019).


The elastic tape tapes are simply applied to the skin, massaging the tissue and relieve so many discomforts. tells you about the mode of action and correct use of the tapes.

Kenzo Kase was not satisfied yet. In the late 1970s, the Japanese chiropractor tried to reinforce the effect of his treatments with simple medical bandages, but much did not bring that. Then he came up with an idea for something completely new: what would happen if he stuck elastic bands on his body that gently stretched the skin with every movement? His experiments were effective. The kinesiology taping was invented, derived from the Greek "kinesis", meaning movement, and from "tape", the English word for tape. Today, physiotherapists and orthopedic surgeons use tapes to treat many conditions, including migraine, headache and menstrual cramps, shoulder and back tension, especially the cervical spine, arthritis, herniated discs, ankle problems, kneecap, Achilles tendon, and damage to the knee on the meniscus.

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In the meantime, numerous studies have proven the effectiveness of taping. In Kiel, for example, Willem Evermann, a naturopathic physician, treated the diseases of 65 patients with medical adhesive tapes. These included lumbago, neck pain, and inflamed and overworked muscles. In all cases, taping was superior to treatment with other body therapies or medications. For a Polish study, patients were treated with tapes after gall bladder surgery: doctors attached the tapes to areas of the abdomen known as reflexology in medicine. The effect after surgery was so effective that painkillers could be dosed much lower than usual.


The sports physician Siegfried Breitenbach is a physiotherapist of the German national triathlon team. He began working with kinesiology tapes after seeing them in 2000 as a member of the German team at the Summer Olympics in Sydney on Asian athletes. "We know today that such tapes have an irritating effect on the skin that acts on internal organs via nerve leads, " explains Breitenbach. "These signals can also affect the pain systems of the brain and nerves and so relieve the pain."


But the strips of cotton, which are coated with a skin-friendly acrylic adhesive, also act directly on the spot: they relieve muscles, tendons and joints and thus let the pain fade away.

Tape tapes provide a gentle permanent massage.

Because the movements no longer hurt, the patient does not take any restraint. Therefore, the statics of the body remains in balance and bad stress in joints and in the spine are avoided. In addition, the gentle pull on the skin during movements stimulates the circulation and the flow of lymphatic fluid. Nutrients are better brought into the tissue and inflammatory toxins removed faster. They do not contain their own active ingredient, as used in ABC patches. The effect of the tapes usually occurs after three to five hours to act, but often after 30 minutes.

The treatment with Kinesiotapes costs between 10 and 30 euros per application. However, statutory health insurance companies rarely pay them, and some private companies reimburse the costs. Although the tapes are freely available in the trade, it makes sense to have them glued on by an expert. "A specialist has to make a sound diagnosis to be able to say whether the taping is the right treatment and how the strips have to be applied, " stresses L├╝beck orthopedist Christian Hauschild, who supplies the tapes to around ten patients each day. "In addition, the patient often has to take a certain posture to stretch the muscle before the tape is applied. As a rule, you can not do that yourself. "


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"KEEP THE PAIN JUST OFF" with detailed explanations on the anatomy and treatment of many diseases (by Klaus Groth, Herbig Verlag, 208 pages, 19.90 euros). Under "Therapist List" you can find physical therapists in your area who use Kinesiotaping through your postcode.

Once the tapes stick, they last for up to two weeks, and they even feel good. "You have to imagine it like a gentle 24-hour massage, " explains Hauschild. The bands allow the skin to breathe, adhere to sports and can be easily dried after showering. "I have patients who would rather not lose their tapes." The tapes are available in many colors. The question is whether the colors have a healing effect. At least some patients and physiotherapists see it that way. "That's nonsense, this is about a clear function, " says Christian Hauschild. "Blue, green or red, that's a matter of taste."

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