Low back complaints are very common with our modern sedentary lifestyle. Taping of the low back is a very easy way to provide support for the patient and supplement the treatment provided.
When to Use: Taping of the low back can be used for a number of problems including general low back aches and pains, discogenic pain, facet problems, muscle spasm, or to provide support for athletes such as cyclists, weight-lifters and rowers.
How It Works: Rocktape assists in the “snapback” to a neutral posture and therefore provides postural feedback and support. The lifting effect on the skin increases circulation, removes inflammation and reduces pain.
To Begin: Have the patient sitting, bent forward with their elbows on their knees. If they can’t flex this far, then as far as is comfortable for them. The skin must be clean and dry and mostly hair free.
How to Apply: Place the first strip of Rocktape just below the PSIS – the first 5cm without stretch. Place approximately 30-50% stretch into the Rocktape and lay it along the lumbar paraspinals. The last 5cm should not have any stretch. This should finish at approximately the 12th rib. Repeat this on the opposite side of the spine. Once this is finished a decompression tape is placed across the back, specifically across where the pain is felt. With the decompression tape, tear the backing paper in the middle and pull away from the centre until you have approximately 5cm on each end that you can grip. This will enable you to control the stretch and guide the tape to the exact position you want. Place approximately 80% stretch into the Rocktape and place it over the painful areas across the low back. This should go past the vertical tape by at least 5cm at each end. Give the tape a firm rub or use a heat pack to ensure the Rocktape is adhered to the skin.
Note: If the patient is large or very muscular, it is recommended to use the “Big Daddy” Rocktape as this will provide additional support.