How to tape trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain)

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Want to know how to tape trigeminal neuralgia, also known as facial pain? Keep on reading on this page and you will learn how to do it all yourself!

Trigeminal neuralgia is a facial pain caused by irritation of the three branches of the facial nerve. It starts above the ear and runs to the forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. It is characterised by a sudden, sharp stabbing pain. It often occurs on one side, running along the three branches to the chin, cheek or nose, and forehead. It can also occur as a toothache. The pain attacks often last only a few seconds and can be repeated at intervals of a few minutes. In between, there are intervals of a few days when the pain is completely gone. Trigeminal neuralgia should always be examined by a neurologist. The described tape is only an additional way to relieve the irritated nerve.

Tips for a good 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 Trigeminal Neuralgia

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

Preparation for taping Trigeminal Neuralgia


Shape: I-strip.
Number of strips: 3.
Technique: Muscle technique (very light pull).

Measuring and cutting the tape

  1. Stand in front of a mirror and measure the length of the tape from the ear to the forehead, nose, and chin.
  2. Cut the tapes in half lengthwise (2.5 cm) or buy our pre-cut 2.5cm rolls of CureTape.



Step 1:

how to tape trigeminal neuralgia step 1 - THYSOL Australia

Step 2:

how to tape trigeminal neuralgia step 2 - THYSOL Australia

Step 3:

how to tape trigeminal neuralgia step 3 - THYSOL Australia

  1. Place the base of the first tape without stretching as close as possible to the ear or jaw joint.
  2. Guide the tape with a slight stretch in the direction of the forehead.
  3. Place the base of the second tape, without stretching, slightly offset from the base of the first tape. Guide the tape with minimal tension along the jaw to the tip of the chin.
  4. Place the base of the third tape in the centre, without stretching, on the previously applied base and guide the tape with a slight stretch towards the nostril.
  5. Finally, gently rub the tapes together.

Attention: since trigeminal neuralgia is a hypersensitivity of the nerve, you need to remove the tape very carefully. If the tape is not removed carefully, it can irritate the nerve again and cause pain.

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

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*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.