Taping of torn muscle fibers


When taping a muscle fiber tear, an elastic kinesiotape is placed over the damaged muscle, fixed and left in this position for a few days or weeks.

The taping process has been a treatment method that has been used in orthopedics and sports medicine for several years and is used to relieve muscle strain. The effect has not been scientifically proven. It is based on the mechanism that an elastic band alleviates and absorbs tensions and forces that act on a specific muscle. In principle, a kinesio tape can be attached to any muscle in the body. In the case of a torn muscle fiber treatment, however, a kinesio tape is only an accompanying treatment method.

Kinesio tapes

A kinesiotape is an elastic, self-adhesive tape that is used in physiotherapy and orthopedics for the treatment of muscle injuries is used.
It is available in different lengths and widths, but can also be cut to a specific length and width in order to adapt the tape to the muscle to be treated. Kinesio tapes mostly consist of Elastane-cotton blendsthat are particularly elastic. An acrylic adhesive is usually applied to the textile tape for stabilization, which is intended to make the entire structure stronger. The development and the idea of ​​the kinesio tape originally came from Japan and was developed by a chiropractor there in the 1970s.
Nowadays, the kinesiotape has become an integral part of any physiotherapy practice. Most physiotherapists and orthopedists as well as trauma surgeons have the kinesio tape as a conservative treatment method for muscle and joint diseases integrated into their work.

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Physically, the kinesio tape should work in such a way that the forces that normally run over the muscle are diverted via the kinesio tape and thus the muscle is relieved. Continue to be neighboring muscle groups Gradually more stressed and strengthened by the relief, so that after removing the kinesio tape you can support the injured muscle in its daily work. Kinesio tapes are now also available in department stores and they are available at different prices. If you want to buy good quality kinesio tapes, you should seek advice from a medical supply store. It is important to note, however, that the corresponding learned tape technique is decisive for the success of a kinesio tape. For this purpose, numerous, regularly held courses on kinesio taping are offered by various bodies. Kinesio tapes are available for prices between 6 EUR and 25 EUR, with great variations in length, dimensions and quality. Some health insurance companies cover the costs for taping if there is a medical reason for the treatment and a doctor has written a corresponding certificate.

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Instructions for the kinesio tape

A few points should be observed in order to ensure a successful use.
First of all, the practitioner should sit or lie down the patient so that he can easily reach the muscle to be treated. Then the practitioner should theoretically imagine the course of the muscle very well (here are anatomical knowledge required) and feel the muscle in its course. Before sticking the kinesio tape on, it is very important that the skin on which the kinesio tape is to be stuck is dried and fat-free is. Otherwise the kinesio tape would change its position very quickly and slip. Hairy areas should be shaved. The kinesio tape should be cut into a shape that corresponds to the muscle to be treated.

The practitioner should consider beforehand which adhesive technique he wants to use. It is called at overworked muscles should take the kinesiotape from his Approach to the origin to be stuck at very weakened muscles should it from Muscle origin to insertion be glued.
The kinesio tape is rubbed before sticking so that the adhesive is activated. The kinesio tape should not be put under tension or tension before sticking, should be placed on the relaxed muscle and gently pressed.
In addition to these two kinesiotape techniques, there are a few further developments that the Side strands of the muscle, the nerves or the lymph vessels can handle.

Taping of various muscle fiber tears

As already mentioned above, the kinesiotape can be used on practically any muscle. It is always important to ensure that the width and length of the elastic band have been cut to suit the muscles beforehand. The skin over the muscles should be dry and free of grease and the kinesiotape should be activated by rubbing the adhesive surface.
Then the kinesio tape is placed on the course of the muscle and gently pressed on.

Here we give you a brief overview of the taping methods for various torn muscle fibers.

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Taping of torn muscle fibers on the inside of the thigh

Especially after sports accidents Muscle fiber tears in the inner thigh can very often occur, which then mainly affects the adductor muscles. A common treatment that often supplements the primary treatment method can be taping.
There are different bonding techniqueson the one hand from the Type of muscle injury and, on the other hand, whether only the affected muscle should be treated or also neighboring muscles, Nerves or lymph vessels.

The patient should either help with the attachment of the tape stand or lie on your stomach, the affected muscle section should be easily accessible to the practitioner. Theoretically, this imagines the course of the muscle and visually separates it from the other neighboring muscles. Then the kinesio tape is applied to the corresponding muscle area on the inside of the thigh without tension and gently pressed on. The patient can then carry out the usual movements again.
If he notices an uncomfortable pull or pressure in the area of ​​the thigh, it must be considered whether the position of the kinesiotape should be changed. Taking a kinesiotape treatment should be a even more comfortable pressure on the affected muscle areas burdens. Even with stronger pain, pulling or stinging that develops in the course of the process, it may be necessary to change the position of the kinesiotape. In general, a kinesio tape is very well tolerated and well accepted by patients.

Taping of torn muscle fibers on the front thigh

Especially in sports injuries, such as those that can occur in football, cycling, basketball or handball, the muscles of the front of the thighs are often injured and can tear or tear. Suddenly occurring and shooting severe pain in the area of ​​the anterior thigh muscles usually force the patient to stop the movement immediately. The treatment of a torn muscle fiber of the anterior thigh muscles is usually conservative, i.e. without surgery. The non-surgical treatments have recently been supplemented more and more frequently by the use of kinesio tapes.
In kinesio taping, an elastic band is stuck to the front of the thigh muscle, usually over one of the 3 superficial muscle heads of the quadriceps. There are very different methods for this, which among other things depend on which muscle injury is present and whether adjacent muscles, tendons, nerves or lymphatic ducts should also be treated in addition to the injured muscles. After attaching the tape, the patient can perform his usual movements.
In the event of new complaints, the fit of the kinesio tape should be checked again. As a rule, kinesio tapes on the thigh are very well tolerated and accepted. The positive effect on the thigh is assessed differently. Since a torn muscle fiber in the thigh usually takes several weeks to heal, the kinesio tape should be reattached weekly.

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Taping a torn calf muscle

Torn calf muscle fibers are relatively common and are considered typical sports injuries. Especially after stopping movements or abrupt starting movements, smaller or larger muscle fiber tears can occur, which can lead to mild to very severe pain. Depending on how many muscle bundles are torn in or torn through, it can also lead to severe impairment of movement.
A kinesiotape treatment of a torn calf muscle is a procedure that is often used nowadays, which can usefully complement the main treatment. The tape should be applied to the calf when the patient is standing or lying on their stomach. It is also important that it is not applied to the muscle under tension.

A few seconds after application, the patient can begin normal movement. The kinesio tape can remain on the calf muscles for a few days or even weeks before it should be removed or changed.

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Taping of torn muscle fibers on the shoulder and upper arm

Muscle fiber tears in the shoulder or upper arm area usually occur when heavy loads are suddenly lifted. Either with completely unfamiliar movement or with muscles that are not warmed up, parts of the muscle may tear or tear. The person affected usually notices a very strong, stabbing pain.
A torn muscle fiber of the shoulder or upper arm can be treated conservatively, usually with cooling and pain reliever medication, or surgically if large muscle bundles in the shoulder area have been torn off. In the meantime, a treatment attempt with a kinesio tape is carried out every now and then. It should take over the tensile forces on the injured muscles and then relieve them accordingly. Two or three tapes can be affixed to the shoulder area to relieve the muscles. It is important that the kinesio tape, which can stay on the shoulder for several days to weeks, is not stretched beforehand. The stretch is then done with normal movement of the shoulder and upper arm.

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Taping of torn muscle fibers on the shoulder

A muscle fiber tear in the shoulder muscles always occurs when either heavy loads are suddenly lifted or when sudden movements are carried out in the shoulder area. Most of the time it is a strong sting that acutely scares patients. In this case, one or more muscle bundles are torn or torn.

Sometimes an operative measure has to be carried out in order to correct a restriction of movement caused by the torn muscle fiber. Sometimes conservative treatment with cooling and anti-inflammatory drugs is enough. A treatment attempt with taping can also be attempted. The kinesiotape can also help heal smaller ligament tears in the shoulder.
In this procedure, an elastic tape is placed over the affected muscle of the shoulder and attached over it. The kinesio tape presumably dissipates the forces normally exerted on the muscle and thus helps to protect the muscle and to strengthen it again. The kinesio tape can also be stuck crosswise on the shoulder in order to relieve the entire rotator cuff of the shoulder. The tapes can be left in place for a few days or weeks.
An improvement in the sense of pain relief should be noticed after the first few hours. Most of the time, the patient will notice a slight feeling of pressure under the kinesiotape. There should be no pulling or burning under the tape. If so, then the position of the kinesiotape would have to be changed again.

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Taping of torn muscle fibers on the forearm

Muscle fiber tears in the forearm are mostly caused by lifting heavy loads or hasty turning movements that are performed suddenly and possibly even under unheated muscles. Torn muscle fibers in the area of ​​the forearm are not that common and, if so, can usually be treated with non-surgical methods. One treatment option would be taping. There are various adhesive techniques that can be used to attach the elastic band to the forearm. Sometimes the self-adhesive tapes are stuck straight over a muscle, sometimes they are fixed parallel to the affected muscle, sometimes crosswise or over the nerves and lymph vessels that accompany the injured muscle. The success of kinesio tapes is mixed - there is no precise study available for this. Due to the low cost and the low risk, an attempt at treatment with kinesio tape can always be made in the case of an uncomplicated muscle fiber tear. If there is no improvement in the symptoms due to the tape, the tape should be removed.

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Taping of torn muscle fibers on the abdomen

In principle, any muscle in the body can tear or tear. The muscles in the abdominal area, which are numerous in the abdominal area, can also suffer from torn muscle fibers during intense physical exertion or through overuse of the muscles during exercises. Kinesio tapes can also be used for treatment, but these elastic bands are mostly used in the abdominal area for muscular strains. Pain that resembles sore muscles can always be an indication of a muscle strain and can sometimes be successfully treated with a kinesio tape. Here, a kinesiotape made of an elastic material is stuck exactly over the muscle that is affected by a strain or a torn muscle fiber. Usually, after applying the tape, there is a rather pleasant feeling of pressure in the area of ​​the pulled or torn muscle. The movements can be carried out in the usual way after application. The kinesio tape can stay on the affected muscle for a few days to even weeks.

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  • Abdominal muscle strain
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