Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) – Kinesiology tape

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What is carpal tunnel syndrome?

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common compression syndromes of the arm nerves. The cause is a chronic pressure on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. This is a narrow passageway in the wrist for nerves and flexor tendons that run from the forearm to the hand. The nerve has a soft structure and is sensitive to pressure. Swelling in the carpal tunnel causes the symptoms called carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Causes of carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Unilateral overloading of the wrist causes swelling.
  • Swelling caused by an accident or fall on the wrist.
  • Swelling caused by rheumatic disorders.
  • If someone retains fluid, as for example during pregnancy or with certain disorders such as a slow-working thyroid gland.
  • Swelling caused by obesity or diabetes.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Dull, tingling and painful feeling in the hand and fingers
  • Reduced strength in the fingers.
  • Complaints often increase at night.
  • Alternating numbness in the tips of the thumb, index and middle fingers.
  • Tingling sensation in the skin around the nervus medianus.
  • Pain in the wrist.

How do you tape carpal tunnel syndrome?

If carpal tunnel syndrome is recognised at an early stage, it can be treated with CureTape. A combination of muscle tape and ligament tape is used to apply the tape. In an acute stage, taping can also be used as a painkiller.

In order to relieve the forearm flexors (sedation), a blue I-tape is used in this example (m. palmaris longus).

Instruction video: Taping carpal tunnel syndrome

  1. Measure the I-tape in stretched position, taking into account a tape construction that starts at the back of the hand.
    Then cut two finger recesses from the I tape as indicated.
  2. Tear the release paper at the finger recesses in half and fold the paper in half on both sides. Slide the middle and ring fingers through the cutouts and place the base on the back of the hand held in a neutral position.
  3. Turn the hand outward, bringing the hand into dorsiflexion.
  4. Apply the detonating tape with slight stretch towards the medial epicondyle humeri over the flexors of the forearm and rub in, applying the last 5 cm of the tape without stretching.
  5. Then apply the black tape to create space by relieving the hand joint with a ligament technique.
  6. Apply the tape with maximum stretch to the midsection of the hand joint, ensuring that the tape ends are applied very gently and without additional stretch, otherwise tingling may occur.
Physiotherapist applies medical tape to person on hand for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome
Physiotherapist applies medical tape to person's arm to treat carpal tunnel syndrome
Physiotherapist applies medical tape to person's arm to treat carpal tunnel syndrome
Physiotherapist applies medical tape to person's arm to treat carpal tunnel syndrome

Tip: Because the tape is applied over the hand, it may come off sooner due to sweat or use. Use CureTape Sports (as in the accompanying example) so that the tape application remains longer.

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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