Shoulder pain & instability – Kinesiology tape / strapping

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Applying a facilitating (activating) kinesiology tape over the M. Deltoid of the shoulder during shoulder pain can provide immediate pain relief and a stabilising feeling.

Shoulder taping for instability (subluxation)

Shoulder instability can arise from a variety of factors and can result in subluxation. Because the shoulder is a very mobile joint, shoulder and rotary cuff injuries often occur. The head of the humerus (ball of the upper arm) is relatively large with respect to the glenoid fossa (socket) of the shoulder blade. This makes large movements possible, but this can lead to shoulder instability and subluxation in the event of a trauma. In the event of a trauma, the structures (ligaments, tendons and muscles) around the shoulder are stretched. The shoulder becomes unstable, causing it to move out of the socket.


Post Stroke Shoulder Pain

Patients who have a half-sided paralysis after a stroke, often have a painful shoulder as a complication. The stroke changes the muscle tone and also restricts movement of the shoulder joint, with the result that the structures are vulnerable and shoulder pain occurs. This pain often has an appearance from the shoulder to the upper arm. Within the Kinesiology Taping Concept there are different ways to relieve shoulder pain and to improve the ROM (Range of Movement).

Kinesiology taping / strapping for support and stability


With these shoulder complaints, applying a facilitating (activating) kinesiology tape over the M. Deltoid of the shoulder is a strapping application that can provide immediate pain relief. This CureTape® kinesiology tape application gives a stabilising feeling to the shoulder and promotes better functioning during daily activities. This kinesiology tape application can also be successfully applied during exercise in people with an increased risk of shoulder instability/subluxation.

Shoulder strapping: how to tape a shoulder (video)

Watch our instruction video, which explains the application of Kinesiology Taping for shoulder pain.

  1. Cut three strips of 5 cm x 25-30 cm kinesiology tape depending on the size of the shoulder. All strips are applied in a neutral position from the Acromion with a slight elongation.
  2. Place the first strap from the Acromion in the middle over the M. Deltoid.
  3. The other two strips also start from the Acromion and follow the outer edges of the M. Deltoid.

Please note that applications provided on our website are not clinically proven. All mentioned applications are based on extensive evaluation and case studies with licensed physiotherapists and/or other health professionals.

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