KTaping on Tendons; functions application and mode of action

Ligament Applications for Tendons

In this application technique, the tape is affixed over tendons, or tendon structures, from the muscle-tendon junction up to the osseous insertion. In contrast to the application technique for ligaments, an unstretched base is first affixed over the osseous insertion point. The joint to be treated is subsequently placed in the stretched position. In this position, the base is affixed with the hand, and then the skin displacement occurs in the longitudinal direction of the tendons, in the opposing direction to the tape tension. Finally, the tape is affixed with maximum tension over the tendon structure. The tape end is affixed without tension over the musculature.

Through this tape application, the tape pulls towards the base, displacing the skin in the same direction.

KTaping on Tendons

Tendon Function

As opposed to ligaments, which are connected to two bones, tendons are attached on one side to a bone and on the other side to the fascia of a muscle. They transmit the tensile forces of the muscles to the bones, triggered by contraction and gravity. They also have a proprioceptive sensory receptor organ, the Golgi tendon organ , which measures muscle tension and transmits this information to the point of insertion into the bones, thereby providing overload protection.

Mode of Action of the K-Taping Application

In tendon applications, K-Taping influences the tendons, fascia, and musculature. Mechanical support of the tendon function coupled with receptor stimulation through the skin displacement (afferents from the skin and subcutis) is involved, as is the effect on muscle tonus (see Muscle applications and the displacement of the fascia in the direction of the base.

 Executing the Application for Tendons

 Muscles and consequently tendons are elongated; if the patient is not able to achieve this position alone,

the therapist supports the movement without causing pain.

 Measure the tape in the elongated position from insertion to muscle-tendon junction

Cut the tape strips and round the corners.

 Bring the muscle into the resting position and affix the tape base at the insertion point

Place the muscle in the pre-stretched position.

The therapist affixes the base with one hand and displaces the skin

Affix the tape with maximum tension along the course of the tendon up to the muscle-tendon junction.

Affix the tape ends without tension over the musculature.

 Rub the application in the elongated muscle position.

The ligament application for tendons is affixed with maximum tension from insertion to muscle- tendon junction.

 The patient is in the elongated muscle position.

 Exclusively I-tapes are used.


Birgit Kumbrink

K-Taping An Illustrated Guide

– Basics

– Techniques

– Indications

2nd edition


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