How to tape your thigh

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With the help of a star tape, you can treat different pain points quickly and easily. With this technique, four tapes are placed on top of each other in a star shape, exactly over the point of pain. The skin is lifted and maximum space is created in the centre of the tape, thus relieving the painful spot. All skin receptors in the area are continuously stimulated. Circulation improves and pain decreases. Depending on the area of application, the tapes are used in normal (5 cm) or half-width (2.5 cm).

This technique deliberately creates wrinkles in the tape. With this application, it is very important that you keep the right stretching direction of the tape. The first strip of tape must always run in the problem area, or over the structure to be treated that is causing the complaint.

How to tape a painful thigh

Tips for a good thigh taping application:

  • Is the cause of the complaint or pain clear?
  • Check if there any contraindications for not taping.
  • Before you start taping, carefully read the instructions.
  • Choose a colour of tape, any colour that fits your mood!
  • Round of all the edges to prevent peeling.
  • Do not stretch the tape at the beginning and the end.
  • Rub the tape well for adhesion. Heat activates the adhesive layer.
  • Showering or swimming is possible, pat the tape dry after it gets wet. Do not rub it hard.
  • It is easier to remove the tape with body or massage oil.
Christina peter

Christina’s advice when taping your thigh

In the self-taping instructions, I have chosen taping applications that are easy to apply yourself. In order to make this treatment safe, I give practical tips, which you should take into account before, during and after a tape treatment. They are based on my years of practical experience. If the complaints persist, always consult a therapist or doctor.

Christina Peter, Physiotherapist and Tape Instructor



Number of strips: 1.
Technique: muscle technique (light pull).

Measuring and cutting the tape

Step 1:

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  1. Measure the tape length from the hip to the outside of the knee while standing.
  2. Cut the tape at one end approx. 20 cm. This creates a Y tape with an extended base.


Applying the tape

Step 1:

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Step 2:

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  1. Place the base on the outside of the knee without stretching.
  2. Keeping the leg stretched, run the tape along the outside of the thigh, using slight stretching.
  3. Place the two strips of tape around the tendon plate at the level of the pelvic bone and rub it well to activate the adhesive layer.
  4. Apply the second tape in the same way, at right angles over the first tape to form a cross.
  5. Place tape number three and four diagonally across the center of the first two tapes.

Learn how to tape

Want to learn how to apply tape yourself*? We have created the ultimate guide for that! This helpful guide contains:

  • 30 taping instructions for common injuries that taping can help you with
  • 176 pages of clear written instructions
  • 200 step-by-step instructions accompanied by photo’s, illustrations and scannable video’s through QR codes

What are you waiting for? Order your copy today!

*This book is intended for people who want to tape an injury or complaint themselves. If uncertain about the complaint, consult a physiotherapist.

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Please note that the indicated tape applications and information on our website about the possibilities with kinesiology tape have not yet been scientifically proven. The statements and examples mentioned are based on long-term experiences of patients and trained therapists.

Contraindications not to tape: pregnancy, open wounds, broken bones, unexplained complaints, allergies and skin diseases, use of medication such as blood thinners, thrombosis and fever. Always apply tape in consultation with a specialist.