Edema (the technical word for swelling) is common after an ankle or knee sprain, after an operation such as joint replacement, or after breast cancer surgery as ‘lymphedema.’ While swelling and excess fluid can be a sensitive condition to treat, we’re making it easier by showing you how using TheraBand Kinesiology Tape can help reduce this swelling and drain the fluid trapped in the body’s tissues.
Edema reduction kinesiology taping
Not only is the use of kinesiology tape recommended to treat edema; it’s proven. In a 2009 study involving patients subjected to lower limb lengthening using the Ilizarov method who had developed edema of the thigh of the lengthened extremity found that the application of kinesiology taping in the study group produced a significantly faster reduction of the edema compared to standard lymphatic massage.
Later, a 2014 study found that pairing kinesiology taping with Complex Decongestive Therapy may have a better effect on decreasing lymphedema which can stimulate the reduction of edema for long term effects.
Follow along with tape master Dr. Greg Doerr to learn kinesiology tape techniques to reduce swelling!
This specific edema reduction kinesiology taping is shown for the ankle and lower leg, but this method can be used on other parts of the body as well.